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Santa Clara County, CA November 3, 2009 Election
Measure C
Parcel Tax
Santa Clara Unified School District

2/3 Approval Required

Fail: 11,043 / 62.96% Yes votes ...... 6,498 / 37.04% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 9 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (65/65)
Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text

To maintain academic excellence in neighborhood schools, retain qualified, experienced teachers, prepare students for college and careers, maintain small class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and provide after-school tutoring and guidance programs, with no funds for administrator salaries, shall the Santa Clara Unified School District authorize an annual $138 education parcel tax for five years, with mandatory audits, citizen oversight, an exemption for citizens 65 years and older, and funding remaining locally controlled for neighborhood schools?

YES
NO

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
A "yes" vote is a vote to approve a qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a five-year period of time.

A NO vote on this measure means:
A "no" vote is a vote not to approve a qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a five-year period of time.

Impartial Analysis from the County Counsel
A school district, following notice and public hearings, has the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposal pursuant to section 4 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution and sections 50075-50077, 50079, and 53722 of the California Government Code.

The Board of Education of the Santa Clara Unified School District (the District) proposes levying a qualified special tax on each parcel within the District. The owners of each parcel of taxable real property in the District would annually pay $138 per parcel for a period of five years. The purpose of the tax is to: maintain quality educational programs in literacy, math and science; provide academic resources at all grade levels and in all subject areas; maintain reduced class sizes in the primary grades; and attract and retain qualified and experienced employees. The proceeds of the special tax would not be used for any other purpose.

Any owner, age 65 and over, who occupies a parcel as a principal residence, may be exempt from the special tax upon application to the District for a "Senior Citizen Exemption."

The proceeds of the special tax would be deposited into a separate fund. If the special tax is approved, the Board would be required to appoint an advisory committee of citizens to ensure the tax funds are used for their specific purpose and to report annually to the Board and public regarding expenditure of the funds. No later than January 1 of each year while the tax is in effect, the District would prepare and file with the Board a report detailing the amount of funds collected and spent and the status of any project authorized to be funded by the special tax.

If the special tax is approved, the District's appropriations limit would be increased by the amount equal to the special tax collected for each year the special tax is authorized.

A "yes" vote is a vote to approve a qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a five-year period of time.

A "no" vote is a vote not to approve a qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a five-year period of time.

Miguel Marquez
Acting County Counsel
By: /s/ Susan Swain
Senior Lead Deputy County Counsel

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Arguments For Measure C
The Santa Clara Unified School District is among the most fiscally responsible school districts in the state. The District has never asked for a parcel tax before, but because of extraordinary economic times and dramatic, ongoing cuts from Sacramento, our schools have no choice but to ask for community support now.

We can continue to support academic excellence in our neighborhood schools by voting Yes on Measure C.

* Measure C Benefits Neighborhood Schools and Keeps Class Sizes Small: Measure C maintains small class sizes in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. It also saves afterschool tutoring and guidance programs + because individual attention helps students achieve.

* Measure C Keeps Funds Local: Cuts from Sacramento mean we must do everything we can to keep education money local. Measure C spending decisions are made by our community and involve local parents, teachers, principals, and local elected leaders. Sacramento bureaucrats have no say in how Measure C is spent.

* Measure C Includes Tough Accountability Measures: An Oversight Committee will ensure money is spent as intended by conducting annual audits and guaranteeing no money goes to administrators' salaries.

* Measure C Supports Strong Property Values: Good local public schools contribute to strong property values and safe neighborhoods. Measure C is an investment in our children, our property values, and our community.

* Measure C Protects Seniors: Citizens 65 years or older are exempt from Measure C.

At $138/parcel per year for five years, Measure C is an important way to invest in our neighborhood schools.

Vote to keep education dollars local + Yes on Measure C.

Please visit http://www.LocalSchoolsLocalFunds.com for more information.

/s/ Tracy Pope
President, United Teachers of Santa Clara
/s/ Patricia C. Flot
Board President, Santa Clara Unified School District
/s/ Cory Sanfilippo
Classified Employee/Resident/Community Volunteer
/s/ Anna Strauss
Middle & High School Parent/Community Volunteer

(No arguments against Measure C were submitted)

Full Text of Measure C
To maintain academic excellence in neighborhood schools, retain qualified, experienced teachers, prepare students for college and careers, maintain small class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and provide after-school tutoring and guidance programs , with no funds for administrator salaries, shall the Santa Clara Unified School District authorize an annual $138 education parcel tax for five years, with mandatory audits, citizen oversight, an exemption for citizens 65 years and older, and funding remaining locally controlled for neighborhood schools?

The purpose of the measure is to fund the following specific types of programs and services:

Maintain quality educational programs in literacy, math and science. Provide academic resources at all grade levels and in all subject areas. Maintain reduced class sizes in the primary grades. Attract and retain qualified and experienced employees.

Amount and Basis of Tax

The parcel tax shall be $138 per Parcel of Taxable Real Property beginning in fiscal year 2010-2011 for a period of five years. The District shall provide the Santa Clara County Tax Collector a report indicating the parcel number and amount of tax for each Parcel of Taxable Real Property

"Parcel of Taxable Real Property" is defined as any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which no ad valorem property taxes are levied in any year shall also be exempt from the special tax in such year.

Multiple parcels which are contiguous, under common ownership, and that constitute one economic unit, meaning that they have the same primary purpose as the principal parcel and are not separate and distinct properties that may be independently developed or sold, shall comprise a single Parcel of Taxable Real Property for purposes of the parcel tax.

An exemption may be granted on any parcel owned by one or more persons aged 65 years or older who occupies said parcel as a principal residence, upon application for exemption.

Claims / Exemption Procedures

With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the Santa Clara County Tax Assessor or other appropriate County tax official shall make all final determinations of tax exemption or relief for any reason, and that decision shall be final and binding. With respect to matters specific to the levy of the special tax, including the Senior Citizen Exemption, the decisions of the District shall be final and binding. The procedures described herein, and any additional procedures established by the Board shall be the exclusive claims procedure for claimants seeking an exemption, refund, reduction, or re-computation of the special tax. Whether any particular claim is to be resolved by the District or by the County shall be determined by the District, in coordination with the County as necessary.

Appropriations Limit

Pursuant to California Constitution article XIIIB and applicable laws, the appropriations limit for the District will be adjusted periodically by the aggregate sum collected by levy of this special tax.

Accountability Measures

The proceeds of the special tax shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified above. The proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited into a fund, which shall be kept separate and apart from other funds of the District. No later than January 1 of each year while the tax is in effect, the District shall prepare and file with the Board a report detailing the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any project authorized to be funded by this measure.

In addition, an advisory committee of citizens shall be appointed or designated by the Board of Trustees to ensure that the special tax proceeds are spent for their authorized purposes, and to report annually to the Board of Trustees and the public regarding the expenditure of such funds.

Severability

The Board hereby declares, and the voters by approving this measure concur, that every section and part of this measure has independent value, and the Board and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof. Upon approval of this measure by the voters, should any part of the measure or taxing formula be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts of the measure or taxing formula hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.


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