|32||VETERANS’ BOND ACT OF 2000.|
Analysis by the Legislative Analyst BACKGROUND Since 1921, the voters have approved a total of about $7.9 billion of general obligation bond sales to finance the veterans’ farm and home purchase (Cal-Vet) program. As of July 2000, there was about $270 million remaining from these funds. The money from these bond sales is used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase farms, homes, and mobile homes which are then resold to California veterans. Each participating veteran makes monthly payments to the department. These payments are in an amount sufficient to (1) reimburse the department for its costs in purchasing the farm, home, or mobile home; (2) cover all costs resulting from the sale of the bonds, including interest on the bonds; and (3) cover the costs of operating the program. PROPOSAL This measure authorizes the state to sell $500 million in general obligation bonds for the Cal-Vet program. These bonds would provide sufficient funds for at least 2,500 additional veterans to receive loans. FISCAL EFFECT The bonds authorized by this measure would be paid off over a period of about 25 years. If the $500 million in bonds were sold at an interest rate of 5.5 percent, the cost would be about $858 million to pay off both the principal ($500 million) and the interest ($358 million). The average payment for principal and interest would be about $34 million per year. Throughout its history, the Cal-Vet program has been totally supported by the participating veterans, at no direct cost to the taxpayer. However, because general obligation bonds are backed by the state, if the payments made by those veterans participating in the program do not fully cover the amount owed on the bonds, the state’s taxpayers would pay the difference.
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