To attract and retain qualified credentialed teachers, to maintain
elective courses for students needing to qualify
for college admission, to purchase textbooks and materials, to
maintain libraries, music and arts programs, to
maintain reduced class sizes, to continue after school academic
programs, shall Oakland Unified School District
be authorized to increase the existing $123 per year parcel tax by
$6 per month to $195 annually for a period of
5 years with no money used for administrative costs?
Measure E, and Oakland Unified School District (the
"District") special parcel tax measure, seeks voter
approval to authorize the District to levy a special parcel
tax for five years for the purpose of funding the programs
set forth in the measure.
A school district, following notice and public hearings, has
the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds
(2/3) of the votes cast on the special tax proposal
pursuant to Section 4 of Article XIIIA and Article XIIIC of
the California Constitution and sections 50075-77, 50079,
and 53722 of the California Government Code.
The voters of the District approved the existing "Measure
B parcel tax" at the November 2001 General Election. The
"Measure B parcel tax", which is imposed at the rate of
$123.00 per parcel per year, will expire on June 30, 2007.
If approved, this measure would authorize an increase in
the existing "Measure B parcel tax" of $6.00 per month
per parcel to a new total of $195.00 per parcel annually. In
addition, it would extend the term of the tax for a period
of five years from enactment of this special parcel tax
These tax funds are proposed by the District primarily to
be used to attract and retain qualified teachers; maintain
elective courses for students to qualify for college admission;
purchase text books and materials; maintain
libraries, music and arts programs; maintain reduced class
sizes; and continue after school academic programs.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure
vote "yes", a qualified special tax, at the annual rate
of $195.00 per parcel, would be imposed commencing on
July 1, 2004 and continuing for a period of five years. An
exemption from the tax will be available for qualified
"very low income" property owners who apply for the
If less than two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on
this measure vote for approval, the measure will fail and
the Oakland Unified School District will not be authorized
to levy the special tax as proposed by this measure.
s/RICHARD E. WINNIE
- League of Women Voters Written Pros & Cons
- Scroll Down to Measure E. Document also includes Pros &
Cons of Measure 2, Measure A, and Oakland City Ballot Measures
News and Analysis
- LWV Oakland Pros & Cons Presentation
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 7 PM
EBMUD Training Room,
375 Eleventh Street.
S. F. Chronicle
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- Yes on E Web site