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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Cabrillo Unified School District
Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 4,294 / 62.6% Yes votes ...... 2,564 / 37.4% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Jul 17 11:42am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (31/31)|
36.8% Voter Turnout (129,074/350,305)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To further student academic achievement by retaining and recruiting highly qualified teachers, supporting their ability to focus on individual student needs through lower class sizes and providing academic resources at all grade levels, shall the Cabrillo Unified School District levy an annual tax for 5 years of $175 on improved parcels, $30 a year on unimproved parcels, with senior citizen exemptions and annual audits?
By this measure, the Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Unified School District propose to levy a special tax for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011. This tax shall not exceed the annual rates on each taxable parcel in the District as follows: $175 on improved parcels and $30 on unimproved parcels. The measure defines an improved parcel as a parcel of taxable real property that has an assessment for improvement(s) on the property. The measure defines an unimproved parcel as a parcel of taxable real property that has no assessment for improvement(s), or an assessment only for personal property such as a mobile home.
A parcel shall be defined as any unit of land in the District which receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the San Mateo County tax collection officials. Parcels that are contiguous, used solely for owner-occupied single family residential purposes and held under identical ownership may qualify to be treated as a single parcel for purposes of this special tax. Any property owner aged 65 years or older may qualify for an exemption from the special tax if that property owner occupies the parcel. All property which would otherwise be exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from the imposition of the tax.
The stated purposes of the special tax are for hiring and retaining teaching staff, small class size for kindergarten through third grade, smaller class sizes at the middle school and high school, more high school academic programs, honors classes, science, math and technology courses, literacy programs, extra-curricular programs, materials and supplies, and staff development time to promote coordination of teaching efforts.
The proceeds of the special tax will be placed into a special account. An annual report is required that accounts for the parcel tax revenues collected and the manner in which they have been spent.
A "yes" vote on this measure would allow a special tax to be levied on property within the boundaries of the Cabrillo Unified School District for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011. This tax shall not to exceed the annual rates on each taxable parcel in the District as follows: $175 on improved parcels and $30 on unimproved parcels. The tax would be used for teaching staff, small classes, more high school academic programs, honors classes, science, math and technology courses, literacy programs, extra-curricular programs, materials and supplies, and staff development time to promote coordination of teaching efforts.
A "no" vote on this measure would not allow the special tax to be levied.
This measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes."
|Arguments For Measure S||Arguments Against Measure S|
|Measure S is needed for two priorities: great teachers and great academics.
Measure S will fund additional teachers and important academic classes and programs in order to improve student achievement in the classroom:
Measure S will:
Our local schools strive to provide excellent teachers in every classroom.
We have dedicated and creative teachers, but our schools struggle to compete with neighboring districts "over the hill," which can hire more teachers, support more programs and offer higher salaries. Years of state funding cuts, rising costs and mandates have eroded our district's ability to fund the academic programs our students need to succeed in a competitive world.
By focusing more resources on additional teachers, basic and advanced academic programs, and smaller class sizes, Measure S will make it easier for students to learn and teachers to teach, thereby improving students' success in meeting and exceeding academic standards.
Measure S also offers senior citizen exemptions. The measure automatically expires in five years and can't be extended without voter approval.
We support Measure S for our children, our community and our future. On the Coastside, we deserve great schools. Please vote Yes on Measure S!
/s/ Victor S. Tigerman March 15, 2006
/s/ Cameron K. Palmer March 16, 2006
Half Moon Bay Business owner
/s/ John H. Muller March 16, 2006
/s/ April A. Vargas March 15, 2006
/s/ Jayne Battey March 17, 2006
Parent Volunteer, Half Moon Bay High School & Cunha Intermediate School
1999-0 2001-2 2002-3 2003-4 2004-5 2005-6 2006-7 State K-12 Budget (General fund, billions) $27.5 $30.6 $30.7 $29.3 $34.0 $36.5 $39.8
A parcel tax now, as state funding ramps up, is unnecessary. In 1994, California spent "only" $15.6 billion for K-14. These long-term increases are huge, but throwing money at our schools' problems hasn't worked; reform is what's needed. And that's the exact opposite of Measure S:
Vote NO on Measure S !
/s/ Donald F. Pettengill March 27, 2006
Treasurer, Coastside Citizens for Good Government
|Cabrillo Unified School District wants another $875 from local
homeowners with this proposed tax. Worse yet, they plan to spend the
money on operating expenses. Will they ask for more when this tax
expires? What do you think?
The school district pleads poverty, but what do its financial reports show?
Data from www.ed-data.k12.ca.us:
1993-4 2003-4 Increase (%)
Revenue (in $millions) 14.1 23.5 66
Number of Students (ADA) 3430 3600 5
Books,Supplies/Student ($) 184 215 17
Employee Salaries, Benefits (in $millions) 11.7 20.4 74
Inflation over that time was just 27%. And in 1994, we still had school buses!
Ten years ago, voters gave the school district a $35 million bond for an "urgently needed" middle school. We're still waiting for it.
Throwing more money at this district will make things worse, not better.
Local taxpayers already fund students generously ($4427 here versus $2115 statewide, in local taxes per student, 2003-4). And if the district ever gets around to spending its $35 million bond money, we'll pay for that, too.
Tell them: Enough is enough.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE S
/s/ Donald F. Pettengill March 17, 2006
Treasurer, Coastside Citizens for Good Government
Our opponent is right + operating a school district costs more today than in
Funding formulas based on geographics mean that Coastside schools receive less funding than the statewide average and 30-50% less than wealthier districts over the hill. Consequently, our schools struggle to retain experienced teachers and support excellent academics. Coastside schools nonetheless are moving in the right direction.
Groundbreaking for the new Cunha Middle School has begun.
Student performance is strong and demonstrates sustained improvement over the past six years in the Academic Performance Index (API), a statewide system for measuring scholastic achievement.
To ensure the academic excellence our students need to succeed in a competitive, demanding, and rapidly changing world, we need Measure S.
Measure S supports high-priority academic needs by focusing on excellent teachers, smaller class sizes, and basic and advanced academic programs, including additional classes in science, math, technology and literacy.
Independent annual audits will provide strict accountability. Measure S funds are controlled locally and cannot be taken by the state.
The bottom line + Measure S will help students meet and exceed high academic standards. That's a goal we all can agree on.
Please Vote Yes on Measure S.
/s/ Lenny Mendonca March 24, 2006
Chair, Bay Area Economic Forum
/s/ Ellen Wright March 24, 2006
Former Chair, California Commission on Academic Standards
/s/ Jerry Trenter March 24, 2006
Science Teacher at Cunha Middle School
/s/ Charise McHugh March 24, 2006
President & CEO, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau
/s/ Kevin Lansing March 27, 2006
|Full Text of Measure S|
|The full text of the ballot measure shall read as follows:
To further student academic achievement by retaining and recruiting highly
qualified teachers, supporting their ability to focus on individual student
needs through lower class sizes and providing academic resources at all
grade levels, shall the Cabrillo Unified School District levy an annual tax
for 5 years of $175 on improved parcels, $30 on unimproved parcels, with
senior citizen exemptions and annual audits?
Pursuant section 50075.1(a) of the Government Code, the proceeds of the special tax shall be spent to provide and maintain academic achievement priorities through the following:
1. A highly qualified and well-trained teaching staff;
Basis of Tax
The special tax shall be levied on all parcels of taxable real property in the District, as defined below, for 5 years starting with the 2006-2007 property tax year, at a rate of $175 on improved parcels and $30 on unimproved parcels.
"Parcel of Taxable Real Property" shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the County Tax Collector's Office. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also not be subject to the special tax in such year.
An exemption shall be granted on any parcel owned by one or more persons aged 65 years or older as of July 1 of any applicable tax year who occupies said parcel as a principal residence, upon annual application for exemption.
Any such parcels which are contiguous, used solely for owneroccupied single family residential purposes and held under identical ownership, shall, upon approval of an annual application of the owners of such parcel, be treated as a single parcel for purposes of this special tax.
If a parcel of taxable real property has an assessment for improvement(s) on the property, such parcel shall be considered an improved parcel for purposes of this special tax. If a parcel of taxable real property has no assessment for improvement(s), or an assessment only for personal property (such as a manufactured or mobile home), such property shall be considered an unimproved parcel for purposes of this special tax.
With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the County Tax Assessor shall make all final determinations of tax exemption or relief for any reason, and that decision shall be final and binding. With respect to matters specific to the levy of the special tax, including the Senior Citizen Exemption and the classification of property for purposes of calculating the tax, the decisions of a District administrative review panel shall be final and binding.
Pursuant to California Constitution article XIIIB and applicable laws, the appropriations limit for the District will be adjusted periodically by the aggregate sum collected by levy of this special tax.
The proceeds of the special tax shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified above. The proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited into a fund, which shall be kept separate and apart from other funds of the District. No later than January 1 of each year while the tax is in effect, the District shall prepare and file with the Board of Education a report/audit detailing the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any project authorized to be funded by this measure.
The Board of Education hereby declares, and the voters by approving this measure concur, that every section and part of this measure has independent value, and the Board of Education and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof.
Upon approval of this measure by the voters, should any part of the measure or taxing formula be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts of the measure or taxing formula hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.