If the measure is approved by two-thirds of the electors voting on it, the City would be authorized to issue $650 million of general obligation bonds to finance the acquisition and improvement of real property for affordable and social housing (“Affordable Housing Improvements”) and public infrastructure and facilities (“Infrastructure Improvements”) (collectively, the “Improvements”).
For the Affordable Housing Improvements, proceeds of the bonds will be used to acquire or improve affordable and social housing either by the City directly or indirectly through third parties.
Proceeds of the bonds may be used to reimburse the City for amounts advanced from the general fund or other funds or accounts to pay for expenditures on the Improvements that are paid prior to the availability of bond proceeds.
The City may have the opportunity to leverage federal, state, county and regional funds allocated for the Improvements if it issues the bonds.
This measure includes financial accountability requirements to ensure that the expenditure of bond proceeds will be used for the purpose of financing Improvements and related costs. Financial accountability measures include an annual independent financial audit and annual oversight by an Affordable Housing and Infrastructure Bond Oversight Committee appointed by the City Council. In addition, the City Manager would be required to file an annual report with the City Council regarding the amount of bond funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the Improvements. Relevant City commissions would also make recommendations on projects and expenditures proposed to be funded by the bonds.
This measure provides that the maximum rate of interest to be paid on the bonds shall not exceed twelve percent (12%), though the prevailing interest rates could be less.
Source: City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure L