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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Special Tax Measure
Lafayette School District
2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 6,830 / 73.13% Yes votes ...... 2,509 / 26.87% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 9 1:29pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (16/16)|
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To prevent deep cuts at our elementary and middle schools; preserve small class sizes; attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers, classroom aides, and counselors; provide up-to-date textbooks, instructional materials and classroom technology; and support educational programs that enhance student health and achievement, shall Lafayette School District extend its expiring school parcel tax for seven years at $313.00 per parcel, with an exemption for seniors, adjustment for inflation, and all funds staying local to benefit Lafayette schools?
COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF SPECIAL TAX MEASURE J
The governing board of the Lafayette School District has adopted a resolution proposing a qualified special (parcel) tax. The current qualified special tax of $132 per year per parcel of taxable land within the School District will expire June 30, 2008. The ballot measure asks voters to decide whether to extend the qualified special tax. If this measure is approved, the amount of the tax in the first year will be $313 per taxable parcel of land within the School District,and will increase annually by three (3) percent per year. The qualified special tax will be levied and collected each year for a period of seven years, beginning July 1, 2008, if this measure is approved. An exemption from the qualified special tax will be available forparcels owned and occupied by persons 65 years of age or older pursuant to procedures to be prescribed by the governing board of the School District or otherwise as required by law or by the County Tax Collector's Office. The ballot measure states that the proceeds of the qualifiedspecial tax will be used to prevent deep cuts at elementary and middleschools; preserve small class sizes; attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers, classroom aides, and counselors; provide up-todate textbooks, instructional materials and classroom technology; andsupport educational programs that enhance student health andachievement. Proceeds from the qualified special tax may only be usedfor the purposes set forth in the ballot measure and according to otherconstitutional and statutory provisions. Two-thirds of those voting on the ballot measure must approve the measure in order for it to pass. A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the qualified special tax. A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the qualified special tax.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Special Tax Measure J. If you desire a copy of the full text, please call the District Secretary's office at (925) 284-7011 and a copy will be mailed to you at no cost.
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF SPECIAL TAX MEASURE J
In 1992 local voters approved a parcel tax that has provided stable, locally controlled funding for Lafayette elementary and middle schools. This essential funding supports the outstanding core academic programsthat make Lafayette schools among the best in the State. Without approval of Measure J, this funding will expire next year. Funding for our schools is declining and the cost of maintaining programs increasing. In fact, Lafayette School District is facing a deficit of $700,000 next year. Without Measure J, Lafayette schools will lose an additional $1.27 million per year and will be forced to make significant cuts to educational programs. Measure J will extend the expiring parcel tax for 7 years and adjust it to $313 per parcel. (Moraga's parcel tax is $325 and Orinda's is $385) A built-in cost of living adjustment will ensure that funding keeps pace with inflation. Lafayette homeowners age 65 and over are eligible for an optional exemption. Specifically, Measure J funds will:
REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF SPECIAL TAX MEASURE J
1992's parcel tax? $84. 1999's? $132, up 57%. Now, Lafayette School District's (LSD's) tax promoters want to "adjust it to $313" -- 2.37 times their current assessment (a 137% INCREASE), though enrollment has dropped 11% since 1999! Compounding its annual increases, Measure J's 7th year collectsalmost $374! Meanwhile:
ARGUMENT AGAINST SPECIAL TAX MEASURE J
The Lafayette Taxpayers Association (LTA) opposes Measure J's $313parcel tax. Income and FICA taxes alone already consume one-third to onehalf of next dollars earned by many local families (before even considering sales taxes, property taxes, gasoline taxes...). So tax dollars we already supply must provide needed public-agency services more efficiently:
REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST SPECIAL TAX MEASURE J
A No vote on Measure J will be devastating to Lafayette schools. Here are the facts: FACT: State funding for Lafayette schools ranks 16th lowest of the 18 school districts in Contra Costa County. Only 14.5 cents of your property tax dollar goes to our schools. Lafayette schools are already among the most lean and efficient. FACT: As student enrollment has declined, so has state funding. The loss of funding substantially exceeds the cost reduction from fewer students. Our schools face a $700,000 deficit. Measure J will make our schools less dependent on the State. FACT: Lafayette's parcel tax + which our schools have relied on since 1992 - expires next year. Without renewal, our schools will lose $1.27 million per year. Such a severe funding reduction would result in increased class sizes, teacher layoffs, reductions in textbooks and technology. FACT: Measure J adjusts the existing parcel tax for inflation and the cost of maintaining core programs. This assessment has not been increased since 1999. By law, parcel taxes are the only means for school districts to generate local funding for instruction. FACT: Measure J includes an optional senior exemption to ensure it is not a burden for seniors on a fixed income. FACT: Many families want to move to Lafayette so their children can attend our outstanding schools, increasing demand for our homes and protecting our property values. We all benefit from living in one of the best school districts in the State. Please vote Yes on J.
Susan M. Graves Chuck Stuart, Former BVE PTA Pres. Lafayette Businessman Erling L. Horn Toni Mc Shane, Former Mayor, City of Lafayette Asst. Principal Stanley Middle School Marechal N. Duncan, Longtime Resident and Volunteer