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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
Index of all Measures
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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?
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.
s/RICHARD E. WINNIE
|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:
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
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.
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
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?"|