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Alameda County, CA June 2, 2009 Election
Measure G
Parcel Tax Initiative
Pleasanton Unified School District

2/3 Approval Required
Official Election Results

Fail: 10995 / 62.7% Yes votes ...... 6546 / 37.3% No votes

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To preserve educational quality and protect Pleasanton schools from severe state budget cuts, keep class sizes small, maintain essential reading and math support programs, libraries, counselors, technology instruction, music, and safe, clean schools with no proceeds for administrators'salaries, shall the Pleasanton Unified School District be authorized to levy an annual $233 parcel tax for four years, with guaranteed audits, senior and disabled exemptions, an independent citizens' oversight committee and all funds benefitting our Pleasanton students?

Summary Prepared by Pleasanton Unified School District:
Programs that the proposed $233 tax would support

Impartial Analysis from Alameda County Counsel
Measure G, a Pleasanton Unified School District ("District") special parcel tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual special parcel tax on each parcel of taxable land for a period of four years, beginning July 1, 2009. This measure would levy a tax of $233.00 per parcel per year.
School districts have the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposals pursuant to the provisions of Article XIIIA, Section 4 and Article XIIIC, Section 2 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, a special tax will be imposed annually for four years at a rate of two-hundred thirty-three dollars ($233.00) per parcel. 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 application to the Board of Trustees ("Board") prior to June 15 of each year, an exemption of any tax assessment year for any owner-occupied, single family residential parcel may be granted (a) to any property owner who is 65 years of age or older, or (b) to any property owner who receives Supplemental Security Income for disability regardless of age.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the allocation of funding revenue is to be used for the specific purposes set forth in the full text of the measure printed in this sample ballot, including maintaining smaller class sizes; providing reading and math intervention and support; maintaining quality library services; and maintaining clean and safe schools. The measure further provides that the monies collected shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only for those specified purposes. A citizen oversight committee will monitor the expenditures of the special tax funds and provide quarterly expenditure reports to the Board and the community on how the funds are spent.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail, and the District will not be authorized to levy the special tax.

County Counsel

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Arguments For Measure G Arguments Against Measure G
Our children need a strong education to lead productive lives and contribute to our economic prosperity. A high quality education system directly benefits the entire community by maintaining higher property values and contributing to Pleasanton's quality of life. Severe cuts in state funding for public education threaten the quality education that our students receive, and many key educational programs are in jeopardy.

Measure G will:

  • Keep class sizes small in the critical early years and in ninth grade English and math classes;

  • Provide effective reading and math support programs;

  • Ensure our libraries continue to support student achievement;

  • Keep counselors in our schools to support students;

  • Maintain the effective technology instruction our students need to compete in a global economy;

  • Retain our highly valued elementary music programs;

  • Keep our schools clean and safe.

At $233 per parcel per year for 4 years, Measure G is an affordable means of investing in a quality education for our students and will support the exemplary public schools that contribute to our high and stable property values.

Measure G funds are strictly for the benefit of Pleasanton students. No proceeds from Measure G will be used for administrator salaries. The measure ensures accountability through an independent citizens' oversight committee which will monitor the expenditures of Measure G funds and provide quarterly reports. An annual independent audit will also be conducted. Senior citizens, 65 or older, and SSI disability recipients are eligible for an optional exemption from the parcel tax.

Please join us in voting YES on Measure G to protect our schools and our community.

Kenneth Mercer Former Pleasanton Mayor

Victor Malatesta Business Owner

Kris Weaver Former School Board Trustee

John Clatworthy Senior Citizen

Donna Garrison Realtor

Rebuttal to Arguments For
What PUSD isn't telling us:

  • That it is possible to balance the budget without imposing a parcel tax, or eliminating important programs like class-size reduction, math and reading support, and elementary band and strings.
  • That Measure G will not protect property values. Despite California's budget cuts, PUSD's funding advantage over neighboring districts will remain. Pleasanton homes will retain their appeal to buyers comparing schools.
  • That PUSD has overstated the shortfall. An exaggerated number of teacher pink-slips were distributed prematurely, creating unnecessary panic in the community.
  • That $2.1M in federal funds will reduce the shortfall, but has not yet been included in budget estimates.
  • That seniors and disabled citizens will have to pay the tax unless they remember to file for an exemption each year.

How much taxation is enough? California income and sales taxes are the highest in the nation. Auto taxes are going up. Our property taxes are among the highest in the US, and PUSD already has one tax on your property.

An additional tax levied in these turbulent economic times is fiscally irresponsible. Measure G is a regressive tax that puts greater stress on our neighbors who have already experienced pay cuts and layoffs, and those on fixed incomes.

The fact is, PUSD only needs to tighten its belt approximately 5%; this can be accomplished with responsible management.

It is simply unnecessary to burden citizens with another tax at this time.

s/Kay Ayala Former City Council Member, School/City Liaison Committee - 8 yrs

s/Mary Lee Roberts Retired Teacher, 37-year Resident, Mother of 4 Amador Graduates

s/James R. Dillon Tax Accountant

s/Ann Martin Active PTSA Member, Parent of Amador Senior

Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) is appealing to voters' emotions by handing out teacher pink slips instead of cutting administration costs and freezing salaries. The continuing excellence of Pleasanton's schools depends on honest reforms and a balanced budget, something that cannot be accomplished with another parcel tax.

  • PUSD does not NEED a parcel tax to fund programs they are threatening to cut. One PUSD Trustee has shown how these programs can be funded with NO tax increase, by cutting other, less essential areas.
  • Pleasanton already receives more state and local tax funding than similar districts. For 2006/2007, PUSD collected $717 per student more from these sources than San Ramon Valley Unified School District, yet their standardized test scores are equivalent.
  • PUSD already has one tax on your property (averaging $866/parcel). The oversight committee for this tax has a poor record, having not met since 2004. Though we received state funds beyond the amount needed for the specified projects, the district continued spending tax money on unspecified projects, without public oversight.
  • The ballot measure does not freeze administration salaries. Using the tax money for specified programs frees other, more flexible sources, for administration raises. Unlike most executives, the PUSD management team enjoyed recent raises, which they refuse to roll back.
  • Although the state has frozen funding, and the overall economy dictates cutbacks, PUSD's budget includes raises and perks during the term of the tax including $6M in unfunded salary increases, $600K in cell phones, and $480K in car allowances.

Another tax cannot solve PUSD's budget problem. As long as PUSD continues to plan for compensation increases not covered by our already exorbitant state taxes, the shortfall will grow each year, requiring yet more local taxes. With better self-management the district can balance its budget without cutting our great teachers or our essential programs.

s/Steve Brozosky Former PUSD Board Member

s/Dorene Paradiso 37 year Pleasanton Resident/Parent/Grandparent, 2 grandchildren in Pleasanton schools

s/Doug Miller Pleasanton Resident

s/Cindy Aselage Concerned Parent, Small Business Owner

Rebuttal to Arguments Against
Measure G is essential to maintain the quality education that we expect and our children deserve. PUSD has undertaken a thorough and open analysis of its finances, and due to the serious shortfall in State funding, severe cuts are necessary to balance the budget.

  • The school board trustees unanimously approved the parcel tax as a means to save critical programs for children and keep our school district in the top ten in the state.

  • The loss in revenue from the state requires $9.7 million in cuts to PUSD's budget, including cuts of nearly one-third of management, a reduction of $2.1 million. No staff received cost of living raises this year, and operational expenses including conferences, car allowances, and supplies have been cut. Cell phone expenses will be reduced to the minimum to ensure student safety and emergency response.

  • Our outstanding school facility improvements have been paid for by the existing general obligation bond, Measure B, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1997. Matching funds from the state allowed the district to continue improvements; all of which were subject to public oversight and board approval.

  • The opposition is simply wrong. PUSD receives $182 more per student than San Ramon, and Dublin receives $437 more than Pleasanton, and both communities have existing parcel taxes.

Support Measure G on June 2nd to save critical education programs and services our students need to produce the results that keep our schools and our property values strong. Get the facts at

Jan Batcheller Downtown Business Owner; 35 year resident

Brad Hirst Business Owner

Denise Watkins President, Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation

Judy Wheeler Business Owner

Rudy Johnson Retired Clergy

Full Text of Measure G
"To preserve educational quality and protect Pleasanton schools from severe state budget cuts, keep class sizes small, maintain essential reading and math support programs, libraries, counselors, technology instruction, music, and safe, clean schools with no proceeds used for administrators' salaries, shall the Pleasanton Unified School District be authorized to levy an annual $233 parcel tax for four years, with guaranteed audits, senior and disabled exemptions, an independent citizens' oversight committee and all funds benefiting our Pleasanton students?"

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