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CSFA’s Pooled TRANs Program for K-12 & Community College Districts
A lower cost alternative to single district TRAN with
greater support and oversight than other TRAN pools

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Will my district need a TRAN?
  • Districts are expected to receive only about 70% of their State apportionment payments for 2020-21, with deferrals starting in February 2021 and continuing through June 2021. The apportionment deferrals are expected to continue for 2021-22
  • Unless a district has significant amount of cash reserves, it’s likely the district will need to borrow from external sources like its county or investors by issuing a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRAN)
  • A review of your district’s financial situation, particularly current and projected cash balances, will determine the size and timing of the TRAN
What is a TRAN and how is sizing and timing determined?
  • TRANs are a short-term cash management tool used to even out temporary cash deficits in advance of the receipt of revenues, like the State’s deferred apportionment payments or local property tax payments
  • Because districts benefit from issuing TRANs at lower, tax-exempt interest rates, there are few federal tax law requirements:
    • Prepare monthly cash flows to determine the projected cash deficit, which must be within six months of TRAN issuance
    • The maximum TRAN size will cover the projected cash deficit plus a minor working capital reserve of up to 5% of last fiscal year’s expenditures
    • The TRAN must be repaid within 13 months of issuance from the same fiscal year’s revenues
Will stand-alone TRANs or pooled TRANs be the best option for my district?
  • Districts issuing their own TRAN (stand-alone TRAN) have maximum control over the timing of their issuance and may select their own financing team members, but also have ultimate responsibility for cost controls and TRAN execution
  • Pooled TRANs typically offer an experienced financing team that is “pre-assembled” to save the time and effort necessary for a district to construct their own team for a short-term borrowing
  • Pooled TRANs lower upfront fees by combining the TRANs of multiple districts at one time to create economies of scale
  • Pooled TRANs aggregate the issues of multiple districts into a larger offering (without creating a joint obligation) to attract more investors and increase competition to lower interest costs
Why might CSFA’s Pooled TRAN Program be my best option?
  • California School Finance Authority (CSFA) is a governmental entity governed by a three-member board comprised of the elected State Treasurer, the elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of Finance appointed by the Governor
  • CSFA has a 35-year history helping our K-12 schools, community colleges and county offices finance the acquisition of property; construction, remodeling, and renovation of capital projects; refinance debt; and secure working capital like TRANs
  • CSFA’s state-level intercept of TRAN debt service will streamline repayment for districts and increase investor security
  • The pooled TRAN will be supported by the State Treasurer’s Office (STO) which has expertise in overseeing all bonds issuances of the state
  • The financing team selected by CSFA and the STO have over 30 years of K-14 TRAN expertise and competitive fees
  • An experienced CPA firm will be on hand to assist districts and county offices with the preparation of monthly cash flows
  • Financing documents will be standardized for consistency, and specific directions for board action will be provided to districts
When can districts get cash from the Pooled TRANs?
  • With the State’s apportionments deferred from February through June 2021 to July through November 2021, we expect most districts to project cash deficits by June 2021
  • If your district expects to need a TRAN to manage the State deferrals, the Pooled TRANs will provide funds in March 2021. 2021 Subject to demand from districts; please contact us by mid-January 2021 if interested.
  • If your district hits a cash low point in July/August or in November/December, the summer 2021 TRANs can help.
  March 2021 Issuance April 2021 Issuance Summer 2021
Application period for districts Until October 30 Until October 30 April/May
District board approvals By January 15 By February 12 By mid-May
Credit ratings received Late February Late March Late June/July
Interest rates determined Early March Early April July/August
TRAN closing and funds available March 24 March 24 Late July/August
Who is involved with the Pooled TRANs Program?
  • Issuer: California School Finance Authority
  • Borrowers: K-14 school districts, community college districts and county offices of education
  • Issuer’s Counsel: Office of the State Attorney General
  • Agent for Sale: State Treasurer’s Office
  • Municipal Advisor: Montague DeRose and Associates
  • Note Counsel: Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Disclosure Counsel: Nixon Peabody
  • Joint Sr. Managing Underwriters: RBC Capital Markets & Citi
  • Cash Flow Consultant: Eide Bailly
  • Interested Parties: CA Dept. of Finance, CA State Controller’s Office, CA Dept. of Education, CA Community College Chancellor’s Office.
What are the upfront costs and expected interest rates?
  • There is no cost to apply to the Pooled TRANs Program
  • The issuance costs will be competitive with other TRAN pools and likely less than those paid for a stand-alone TRAN.
  • Call a team member for a quote of issuance costs and a discussion of interest rates.
Who can I contact with questions?
California School Finance Authority Montague DeRose RBC Capital Markets Citi Norton Rose Fulbright Eide Bailly
Katrina Johantgen
Executive Director
Annette Yee
Managing Director
Frank Vega
Managing Director
Chris Mukai
Managing Director
Ann La Morena Rohlin
Caroline Larson
  Mike Kremer
Managing Director
Christen Gair
Victor Andrade
      Debra Saunders
How do I apply?
  • CSFA provides an online application portal for a streamlined, secure, eco-friendly application process
  • Please click on the button below to get started
  • Thank you!
K-14 District Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRAN) Program

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