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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Temporary Emergency 4-Year Parcel Tax
Alameda Unified School District
2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 11445 / 66.90% Yes votes ...... 5663 / 33.10% No votes
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|Results as of Jun 19 1:06pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (51/51)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To offset severe state budget cuts to Alameda schools, minimize school closures, and protect the quality of education, student safety, class sizes, excellent teachers and staff and to restore prioritized cuts to music, athletics, advanced placement courses, shall Alameda Unified School District levy a temporary, 4-year emergency tax of $120 per residential parcel and 15 cents per square foot for commercial/industrial parcels (see the voter pamphlet), with exemptions for seniors, citizen oversight and all funds staying local?
A school district has the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposal pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 of Article XIII A and Section 2 of Article XIII C of the California Constitution and sections 50075-50077, 50079, and 53722 of the California Government Code.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the allocation of the funding revenue is to be used for the specific purposes set forth in the full text of the measure printed in this sample ballot. The measure further provides that the monies collected shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only for those specified purposes. A citizens' oversight committee will advise the District about proper expenditure of the proceeds of the special tax.
If the measure passes, a special tax will be imposed annually in the amount of $120 per parcel of taxable property and 15 cents per square foot for commercial/industrial parcels, commencing July 1, 2008 and continuing until July 1, 2012. The tax will be collected by the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are collected. Upon annual application to the District, an exemption may be granted to each owner of single family residential units in which they reside who are 65 years or older or who are receiving SSI for a disability. Real property otherwise exempted from taxation under California laws are also not required to pay the special tax.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the Alameda Unified School District will not be authorized to levy the special parcel tax.
s/RICHARD E. WINNIE
League of Women Voters
Forums: The public is invited to hear unbiased pros and cons for the School Parcel Tax Measure
|Arguments For Measure H||Arguments Against Measure H|
|Alameda is facing a crisis that could devastate our schools for many years.
Measure H provides temporary emergency funding to prevent the most harmful cuts.
The Governor is cutting $4.5 million in funding for Alameda schools. This comes on top of $7.7 million the District has already cut over the last seven years. Alameda Unified School District relies on the State for over 80% of our funding.
Administration and non-teaching staff have already been cut. The only thing left to cut is core programs and academic instruction. These cuts could include:
Every penny from Measure H must stay in Alameda to prevent cuts resulting from the budget crisis. Measure H provides locally controlled funding that can't be taken away by the State. An Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and mandatory annual audits will ensure the funds are spent as promised.
Alameda is known for its outstanding schools. These schools have helped enhance and protect our property values. Measure H is our one chance to save the teachers and staff, small class sizes and challenging programs that make our schools great and prepare our students to be successful, responsible members of our community.
Please vote Yes on H.
HIGHER TAXES MAKE OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITY LESS AFFORDABLE.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT NEED THIS TAX. They are THREATENING to cut programs when they should be RESTRAINING LARGE INCREASES in salaries and generous benefits. Salaries and benefits have increased by over $12 million (ABOUT 24%) since 2000- 2001. UNBELIEVABLY, SALARIES WERE INCREASED ON JANUARY 1, 2008 and two months later the School District proposed its tax.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SOUGHT "TEMPORARY FUNDING RELIEF" IN 2001, 2005 AND NOW, 2008. NOW IS THE TIME TO JUST VOTE "NO." THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ANNUAL BUDGET IS ABOUT $80 MILLION. IF YOU AND I CAN CUT OUR PERSONEL BUDGETS BY 2.5% WITHOUT TAXING OUR NEIGHBORS WHY CAN'T THEY?
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND STATE REVENUE AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN BROKEN FOR DECADES. Dublin students receive almost $1,000/year more from the State than Alameda students. Why has this inequity continued since the Navy base closed? Why aren't protestors leading the fight to eliminate THIS VERY REAL INEQUITY? With about 9,800 students it could result in nearly $1 million per year!
THE STATE SHOULD ALLOCATE THE SAME AMOUNT FOR EDUCATION FOR EACH CHILD NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.
UNTIL TAXPAYERS VOTE "NO" TO THESE TAX BANDAIDS, THE STATE WILL NEVER ACT RESPONSIBLY AND FIX THEIR BROKEN FINANCING SYSTEM.
IGNORE THE HIGH-PRICED PUBLIC RELATIONS FRENZY AND THE MEDIA CIRCUS THAT SUPPORT MORE TAXES.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE H.
|HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER TAX MEASURE
IN ALAMEDA FOR A DISTRICT IN PANIC MODE.
Remember the $298 Health Care District parcel tax in 2002? The $189 AUSD parcel tax in 2005? The recent BART, East Bay Regional Park District, AC Transit and Vector Control assessments?
AUSD ALREADY GETS A $189 PER PARCEL ASSESSMENT PLUS 0.0469% OF A DWELLING'S ASSESSED VALUE ($235 FOR A $500,000 HOME) AND NOW WANTS ANOTHER $120 PER PARCEL. Owners of new homes in Alameda would end up paying almost $650 per year equal to about 10% of the tuition for a private grade school.
AUSD HAS ENOUGH MONEY AND SHOULD NOT BE ASKING FOR MORE. Their current budget is about $78 million for 9,779 students; over $8,000 per student and more than the K-8 tuition at the Chinese Christian School or St. Joseph's Elementary School.
THEY WANT TO RAISE YOUR TAXES TO INCREASE
THEIR PAYCHECKS. High school principals
HAS YOUR SALARY AND COMPENSATION INCREASED 24%? AUSD's salaries and compensation budget increased from about $51,800,000 in 2000-2001 to about $64,500,000 six years later; an increase of nearly 24% while attendance was in decline.
THE PROPONENTS APPEAR TO WANT HOUSING IN ALAMEDA TO BE EVEN LESS AFFORDABLE THAN IT IS NOW! With all other taxes rising (not to mention the cost of gasoline), can you afford this tax?
A NEW TAX ON ALAMEDANS WILL STOP STATE LEGISLATORS FORM ELIMINATING FUNDING DISPARITIES. Alamedans have been duped since 2001 into paying a tax for funds that most other school districts receive from the state.
PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN AND VOTE NO ON MEASURE H.
Look at the facts:
FACT: Governor Schwarzenegger is cutting $4.4 million from our school budget, which will have a devastating impact on the quality of our schools.
FACT: If the voters of Alameda do not approve Measure H schools will close, teachers and staff will be laid off, and music, sports and AP programs will be eliminated.
FACT: The School District has already cut $7.7 million over the last seven years. Further cuts will be devastating to the quality of education our schools can provide.
FACT: Our teachers have had a pay increase of less than 1.7% per year over the last 5 years -- less than the cost of inflation in the Bay Area, NOT the 24% claimed by the opponents.
FACT: Measure H funds will only be spent in Alameda to:
FACT: No Measure H funds will go to administrators.
FACT: Alameda has a reputation for quality public schools, which increases the demand for our homes and protects our property values.
Voting YES on MEASURE H is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do.
Please think of the children and vote YES on MEASURE H.
s/Beverly J. Johnson
|Full Text of Measure H|
|(a) To offset severe state budget cuts to Alameda schools, minimize school closures, and protect the quality of education, student safety, class sizes, excellent teachers and staff and to restore prioritized cuts to music, athletics, advanced placement courses and other programs, shall Alameda Unified School District levy a temporary 4-year emergency tax of $120 per residential parcel and 15¢ per square foot for commercial/industrial parcels (see voter pamphlet), with exemptions for seniors and residents receiving supplemental security income for a disability, citizen oversight, no funds for administrator salaries, and all funds staying local?
(b) The special tax shall be levied as follows:
(i) (A) On each taxable, residential parcel at the rate of $120 per year, and (B) on each taxable, commercial or industrial property at the rate of $0.15 per square foot per year (but commercial or industrial property of 2,000 square feet or smaller paying $120 per year and commercial or industrial property larger than 2,000 square feet paying a maximum of $9,500 per year).
(c) The revenue raised by the special tax shall be used for the educational purposes set forth in the measure. The revenue raised by the special tax shall be accounted for separately. Each year, the Board of Education of the District shall, pursuant to section 50075.3 of the California Government Code, file an annual report as provided herein accounting for the parcel tax revenues collected and the manner in which they have been spent.
(d) The citizen's oversight committee established in connection with the existing special tax shall be continued and which shall meet to oversee all expenditures funded by the measure to ensure that said funds are spent wisely and used only for purposes approved by the voters. This volunteer citizens' committee shall monitor the expenditures of these funds by the District and shall report on an annual basis to the community on how these funds have been spent.
(e) On July 1, 2008, and thereafter, the special tax shall be collected by the Alameda County Tax Collector in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are fixed and collected under provisions of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. The special tax shall be subject to the same penalty and enforcement provisions as relate to ad valorem taxes. The special tax and penalty shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem taxes.
(f) The provisions of this measure shall not apply to any person, association or corporation or to any property as to whom or which it is beyond the power of the District to impose the tax herein provided. If any section, subsection, sentence, phrase, part or clause of this measure is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such decision shall not affect or impair the validity of the remaining portions of this measure. It is hereby declared that the intention of the Board of Education of the District and the electorate that this measure would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid section, subsection, phrase or clause thereof not been included.