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Education Parcel Tax
Cabrillo Unified School District
2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 5,780 / 71.3% Yes votes ...... 2,331 / 28.7% No votes
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Results as of Aug 20 9:44pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (29/29)|
38.4% Voter Turnout (130,383/339,758)
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To continue student achievement in our local elementary, middle, and high schools; preserve strong academic programs including science, math, reading, and writing; keep schools open; retain qualified teachers and smaller class sizes; and maintain updated classroom computer technology; shall the Cabrillo Unified School District assess an annual education parcel tax of $150 per parcel, for five years, with annual audits, citizen oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries, and all revenues staying in our local schools?
By this measure, the Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Unified School District proposes to levy a special tax for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2015. This tax shall be at a rate of $150 per year per parcel on all taxable parcels in the District.
A parcel shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District which receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the San Mateo County tax collection officials, except that only one tax may be assessed to owners, upon approval of an application, whose property includes one or more continguous parcels, if they are used for owner-occupied single family residential purposes and held under identical ownership. Any property owner who occupies the parcel as a principal residence and is aged 65 years or older may qualify for an exemption from the special tax. All property that would otherwise be exempt from ad valorem property taxes will also be exempt from the imposition of the tax.
The stated purposes of the special tax are to: preserve science, math, reading, and writing programs; keep schools open; retain teachers and staff; maintain smaller class sizes; and to update classroom computer technology. None of the funds shall be used for administrator salaries or benefits.
The proceeds of the special tax will be placed into a special account. An independent citizens' oversight committee will be established to monitor the expenditures of the parcel tax revenues. An annual report is required which accounts for the parcel tax revenues collected and the manner in which they have been spent.
A "Yes" vote on this measure would allow a special tax to be levied on property within the boundaries of the Cabrillo Unified School District for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2015 in an amount of $150 per year per taxable parcel. The special tax would be used for: preserving science, math, reading and writing programs; keeping schools open; retaining teachers and staff; maintaining smaller class sizes; and updating classroom computer technology.
A "No" vote on this measure would not allow the additional special tax to be levied.
This measure passes if two-thirds of the those voting on the measure vote "yes.".
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|Arguments For Measure E||Arguments Against Measure E|
|Our local elementary, middle, and high schools in Cabrillo Unified School District provide a high-quality education for students in our coastal community. With excellent teachers and strong academic programs in math, science, reading and writing, student achievement and test scores are on the rise.
The district's award-winning Marine Sciences Program and Half Moon Bay High School's botany course - which is certified for University of California college credit - are testaments to our local schools' dedication to providing a well-rounded education.
But state cuts to education funding are threatening academic programs that help students succeed. In fact, our schools face a $2.5 million budget shortfall, which could result in reduced educational programs, increased class sizes, and the loss of excellent teachers. All of these budget reductions will impact student achievement and education in the classroom.
That is why your Yes vote on Measure E is critical - it will provide a stable, local source of revenue to protect our schools.
Best of all, Measure E funds cannot be taken away by the state. All funds will stay here in our Coastside schools to continue student achievement.
Vote Yes on E:
/s/ B.J. Mackle, Retired Deputy Superintendent
/s/ Thomas Cox, Cabrillo Unified Teachers Association President
/s/ Nadia Bledsoe Popyack, Midcoast Community Council Member, 1992-1994
/s/ Sandra Andreni, Former PTO President
/s/ Lenny Mendoca, Local Business Owner
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|To continue student achievement in our local elementary, middle, and high schools; preserve strong academic programs, including science, math, reading, and writing; keep schools open; retain qualified teachers and smaller class sizes; and maintain updated classroom computer technology; shall the Cabrillo Unified School District assess an annual education parcel tax of $150 per parcel, for five years, with annual audits, citizen oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries, and all revenues staying in our local schools?
Pursuant to Section 50075.1(a) of the Government Code, the proceeds of the special tax shall be spent to provide and maintain academic achievement priorities through the following:
Under no circumstances shall any of the proceeds of the student achievement special tax be used for administrators' salaries or benefits.
BASIS OF TAX
The special tax shall be levied on all parcels of taxable real property in the District as defined below for five years starting with the 2010-2011 property tax year, at a rate of $150 per parcel of taxable real property.
"Parcel of Taxable Real Property" shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the County Tax Collector's Office. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no such ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also not be subjected to the special tax in such year.
Any such parcels which are contiguous, used solely for owner-occupied single family residential purposes and held under identical ownership, shall, upon approval of an application of the owners of such parcel, be treated as a single parcel for the purposes of the special tax.
With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the County Tax Assessor 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 and the classification of property for purposes of calculating the tax, the decisions of a District administrative review panel shall be final and binding.
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.
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION
An exemption shall be granted on any parcel owned by one of more persons aged 65 years or older as of July 1 of any applicable tax year who occupies said parcel as a principal residence, upon application for exemption.
Specific Purpose. The proceeds of the special tax shall be applied only to the specific purpose identified above. The proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited into a fund, which shall be kept separate and apart from all other funds of the District.
Annual Report. No later than January 1 of each year while the tax is in effect, the District shall prepare and file with the Board of Education a report/audit detailing the amount of the funds collected and expended and the status of any project authorized to be funded by this measure.
Citizen Oversight Committee. In addition to the accountability measures required by law, the Board of Trustees shall establish an Independent Citizen Oversight Committee to ensure the proceeds of the Cabrillo Unified School District Measure TBD-2 are spent wisely and only for the purposes approved by the voters. The oversight committee will monitor expenditures funded by the measure and report annually to the Board and community. The Governing Board shall provide by resolution for the composition, duties, and other necessary information regarding the Committee's formation and operation.
Severability. The Board of Education hereby declares, and the voters by approving this measure concur, that every section and part of this measure has independent value and the Board of Education 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.