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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Parcel Tax Retention
Las Virgenes Unified School District
2/3 Majority Approval Required
Pass: 4,753 / 78.43% Yes votes ...... 1,307 / 21.57% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 21 4:55pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (19/19)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
The measure would authorize the District to levy a parcel tax of $98 per year assessed against each parcel of real property within the boundaries of the District for eight (8) full years beginning July 1, 2008. Passage of this measure would continue the existing parcel tax that has been in place since 2004 and which is due to expire on June 30, 2008.
Parcels that will be subject to the tax include any parcel of land that lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the District for which an assessor's parcel number has been assigned. Contiguous parcels that are used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes and that are held under identical ownership may be treated as single parcels for purposes of this levy by annually submitting applications to the District's board in accordance with the board's rules and regulations. In addition, annual exemptions from the levy may be obtained for parcels used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes by owners who are at least 65 years of age or who, regardless of age, are receiving Supplemental Security Income.
In the event that the levy and collection of the parcel tax results in a decrease or offset of any increase in local, state or federal revenues, the District shall cease the levy or reduce the special tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset.
The measure requires that a separate account be created into which proceeds of the parcel tax must be deposited. In addition, a written report must be made annually to the District's board showing the amount of funds collected and expended from the parcel tax proceeds and the status of projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds. The measure also requires that an independent community oversight committee be reappointed by the District's board to advise the board on the expenditures funded by the parcel tax to ensure the funds are spent for the approved purposes and to report to the board and the community on an annual basis as to how the funds have been spent.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure "E." The full text of the measure is printed in the sample ballot pamphlet.
Section 9500 of the California Elections Code requires the County Counsel to prepare an Impartial Analysis for each school measure appearing on the ballot.
|Arguments For Measure E|
Great schools, terrific teachers, high test scores, graduates who go on to top
colleges and an unwavering focus on student achievement — these are the
reasons that our community is so proud of our Las Virgenes Unified School
Local schools serve families in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Bell Canyon and Hidden Hills. Great schools provide strong local property values and a sense of community.
To maintain academic excellence in neighborhood schools, including top math and science programs, smaller class sizes, and exceptional teachers — WITHOUT RAISING TAXES — please join us and vote Yes to renew Measure E. Measure E simply continues existing funding previously approved by local voters.
A Yes vote helps preserve our great schools and prevents funding cuts — without raising taxes.
Measure E means updated textbooks and instructional materials so every student receives a 21st century education.
Measure E expands and improves math and science classes.
Measure E retains and attracts excellent teachers by helping achieve competitive salaries.
Measure E helps maintain lower class sizes so students succeed.
Measure E provides college and career counselors for local high school students.
Measure E sustains high student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics at all grade levels.
Measure E supports elementary school instructional specialists so local students have a strong educational foundation.
Measure E helps maintain arts and music education.
Measure E supports instruction in computer technology for teachers and students.
Measure E allows local schools to continue receiving nearly $2 million / year to maintain high quality educational programs.
Measure E includes citizen oversight, ensuring that all funds are spent wisely to maintain excellent education in neighborhood schools and allows exemption for senior citizens.
All Measure E funds stay right here in local schools — the state can't take a single dime.
Help local students continue to excel, without raising taxes — VOTE YES on Measure E.
s/Judith S. Dobrowski
(No arguments against Measure E were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure E|
|INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE|
To continue to provide local revenue that cannot be taken by the State and to maintain the high quality of neighborhood schools, the Las Virgenes Unified School District proposes to maintain its expiring education parcel tax for a period of 8 years, beginning July 1, 2008, at the rate of $98 per year, without increase, on each assessor's parcel located within the Las Virgenes Unified School District, with an exemption available for senior citizens and persons on Supplemental Security Income, and to implement accountability measures in connection with the special assessment that are over and above those required by law, including the appointment of an independent community advisory board to provide oversight and accountability to ensure the funds are used to:
The education parcel tax shall be $98 (or less as provided below) per year for eight (8) full years assessed against each parcel within the boundaries of the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The proceeds of the education parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.
DEFINITION OF "PARCEL"
EXEMPTION FOR CONTIGUOUS PARCELS
EXEMPTION OF SENIORS AND SSI RECIPIENTS
REDUCTION IN TAX IF RESULT IS LESS OTHER GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
In addition to the accountability measures required by law, an independent community oversight committee shall be reappointed by the Board of Education to advise the Board on the expenditures funded by the measure in order to ensure that said funds are spent for the purposes approved by the voters. The oversight committee will monitor the expenditures of these funds by the District and will report on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.