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Facilities Financing   

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When it is determined that school facilities must be built or expanded to accommodate a growing number of students, the Governing Board shall consider appropriate methods of financing for the purchase of school sites and the construction of buildings. In addition, financing may be needed when safety considerations and educational program improvements require the replacement, reconstruction or modernization of existing facilities.

The Superintendent or designee shall research funding alternatives and recommend to the Board the method that would best serve district needs as identified in the district's master plan for school facilities.

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

Developer Fees

In order to finance the construction or reconstruction of school facilities needed to accommodate students coming from new development, the Board may levy and collect developer fees on residential, commercial and industrial construction within the district, subject to restrictions specified by law. (Education Code 17620, Government Code 65995, 65996)

Before taking action to impose developer fees, the Board shall: (Government Code 66001)

1. Identify the purpose of the fee and the use to which the fee will be put.

2. Determine a reasonable relationship between the fee's use and the type of development project for which the fee is imposed.

3. Determine a reasonable relationship between the need for the public facility and the type of development project for which the fee is imposed.

4. Determine a reasonable relationship between the amount of the fee and the cost of the public facility or portion of the public facility attributed to the development for which the fee is imposed.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish an appeals process for the handling of protests by developers. (Education Code 17621)

Mello-Roos District

In order to form a Mello-Roos community facilities district which may issue bonds and/or levy a special tax to finance school construction, the Superintendent or designee shall recommend to the Board related goals and policies addressing the following: (Government Code 53312.7)

1. The priority that various facilities shall have for financing through the Mello-Roos district

2. The credit quality to be required of bond issues and criteria to be used in evaluating the credit quality

3. Steps by which prospective property purchasers shall be fully informed about their related taxpaying obligations

4. Criteria for evaluating the equity of tax allocation formulas

5. Maximum tax burdens to be levied against any parcel

6. Definitions, standards and assumptions to be used in appraisals required by Government Code 53345.8

(cf. 5116 - School Attendance Boundaries)

The proceeds of any bonds, notes or other securities issued pursuant to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act shall be deposited or invested in accordance with Government Code 53356.03.

School Facilities Improvement District

The district may form a school facilities improvement district to finance any or all of the improvements set forth in Education Code 15302. The territory of the school facilities improvement district shall include all of the territory that is not included in the existing Mello-Roos District. (Education Code 15301)

Legal Reference:


15100-17059.2 School bonds, especially:

15122.5 Ballot statement

15300-15327 School facilities improvement districts

17000-17059.2 State School Building Lease-Purchase Law of 1976

17060-17066 Joint venture school facilities construction projects

17085-17095 State Relocatable Classroom Law of 1979

17582 District deferred maintenance fund

17620 Levies against development projects by school districts

17621 Procedures for levying fees

17622 School districts; levies on enclosed agricultural space

17623 Agreements between districts

17624 Refund of fee or charge

17625 Levies against manufactured home or mobile home

17626 Fee not allowable for reconstruction of structure damaged by disaster


6061 One time notice

6066 Two weeks' notice

50075-50077 Voter-approved special taxes

50079 School districts; qualified special taxes

53175-53187 Integrated Financing District Act

53311-53368.3 Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982

53753 Assessment notice and hearing requirements

53753.5 Exemptions

54954.1 Mailed notice to property owners

54954.6 New or increased tax or assessment; public meetings and hearings; notice

65864-65867 Development agreements

65970-65980.1 School facilities development project

65995 Levies against development projects for school facilities construction

66000-66008 Fees for development projects

66016-66018 .5 Development project fees

66020-66025 Protests and audits


33000-33071 Community redevelopment law

33100-33142 Redevelopment agencies

33445.5 Overcrowding of schools resulting from redevelopment

33446 School construction by redevelopment agency

33492.15 Redevelopment agency apportionments to school districts

33607.5 Redevelopment plans; payments to affected taxing entities

33607.7 Plans adopted before 1994; payments to affected taxing entities


22500-22679 Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972


Article 13D, Section 1-6 Assessment and property related fee reform


17696-17696.98 Greene-Hughes School Building Lease-Purchase Bond Law of 1986


Nollan v. California Coastal Commission, (1987) 107 S.Ct. 3141

Dolan v. City of Tigard, (1994) 114 S. Ct. 2309

Mira Development Corporation v. City of San Diego, (1988) 205 Cal.App.3d 1201, 252 Cal.Rptr. 825

Garrick Development Co. v. Hayward Unified School District, (1992) 3 Cal.App.4th 320, 4 Cal.Rptr.2d 897

Canyon North Co. v. Conejo Valley Unified School District, (1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 243, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 495

Loyola Marymount University v. Los Angeles Unified School District, (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 1256

Ehrlich v. City of Culver City, (1996) 12 Cal.4th 854


79 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 149 (1996)

Management Resources:


Department of General Services, Office of Public School Construction:


adopted: March 17, 1998 Bakersfield, California