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Parcel tax for student achievement, support and safety
Oakland Unified School District
2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 70471 / 65.95% Yes votes ...... 36390 / 34.05% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 6 2:56pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (250/250)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
OAKLAND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SUPPORT AND SAFETY
to offset severe state budget cuts, improve student achievement, help every child read at or above grade level, and prepare students for college and careers by retaining teachers, teachers' aides, safety officers and other student support staff, shall Oakland Unified School District levy a tax of $195 per parcel annually for ten years, with low- income taxpayer exemptions, independent audits and citizens' oversight, and no money for Sacramento or administrators' salaries?
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 California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 4 and Article XIIIC, Section 2, and California Government Code Sections 50075-50077, 50079, and 53722.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, a special tax will be imposed annually for ten years at the rate described above. 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 of any tax assessment year may be granted to any owner of a singlefamily residential unit where the taxpayer resides and whose combined family income is at or below the "very low income" level under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
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, which includes funding compensation for teachers, student support staff, and school-site health and safety staff. The measure further provides that an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee will ensure that the funds have been spent only for the purposes outlined in the measure.
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
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure L, which measure is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
|Arguments For Measure L|
Improve Student Achievement, Prepare Students for College
and Career, Retain Excellent Teachers - VoteYes on L!
Sacramento has taken millions from Oakland's schools and will continue to do so. In the past year, Oakland schools have cut spending by $122 Million. More than 600 school staff -- teachers, aides, librarians, custodians, school nurses, and school safety officers have been laid off. Too many of our valuable teachers leave our District annually for neighboring districts because we can't afford competitive salaries.
Today's schools must address children's essential academic, social, and emotional needs. To improve student achievement, EVERY student must have an experienced, effective teacher.
"By working together and supporting our schools, all of
our students will succeed - Yes on L!"
(No arguments against Measure L were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure L|
|OAKLAND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SUPPORT AND SAFETY MEASURE
This Measure may be known and referred to as the "Oakland Student Achievement, Support and Safety Measure" or as "Measure L".
Since 2004, student academic achievement in Oakland schools has improved faster than in any other large urban school district in the State, as measured by Academic Performance Index scores.
The Oakland Unified School District (the "District") is committed to improving teacher performance and retaining the very best teachers by offering compensation that is competitive with other East Bay school districts.
All students and teachers and their schools rely on school-site health and safety support staff, including nurses, school security officers, and custodians.
The State of California's record budget deficit projected to be more than $20 billion will cut funding for Oakland schools by millions of dollars in the current year alone, and State education funding is likely to be inadequate for the foreseeable future.
Recent State budget cuts have forced the District to layoff over 600 teachers and school support staff.
Without additional funding sources, the District cannot provide the same level of services and school salaries that neighboring school districts do, and we lose up to 300 teachers annually to other school districts and professions.
The District wants to make compensation competitive with surrounding school districts to ensure that Oakland has the best prepared and most committed teachers and support staff.
Support for Early Child Development is needed to meet children's essential academic and social needs, and ensure that every child is able to read at or above grade level.
A parcel tax will generate local dollars for local Oakland schools for priorities decided by the Board of Education and not politicians in Sacramento.
TERMS AND SUNSET
I. For teachers, in order to retain effective and skilled teaching staff to improve student achievement, and to fund teacher development to improve teacher performance
Education parcel tax proceeds shall be allocated to the authorized purposes in the following proportions:
LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER EXEMPTION
Independent Annual Audit. Upon the levy and collection of the education parcel tax, the Board of Education shall cause an account to be established for deposit of the proceeds, pursuant to Government Code Section 50075.l. For so long as any proceeds remain unexpended, the Superintendent or the Chief Financial Officer of the District shall cause an independent financial auditor to prepare a report to be filed with the Board of Education no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31 , 2011, stating (1) the amount collected and expended in such year, and (2) the status of any projects or description of any programs funded. The cost of said Independent Audit may be paid from the proceeds of the parcel tax. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period, as said officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into or filed with the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board of Education. Specific Purposes. All of the purposes named in this Oakland Student Achievement, Support and Safety Measure shall constitute the specific purposes of the education parcel tax, and proceeds thereof shall be applied only for such purposes.
SECURITY FROM STATE SEIZURE OR USE
LEVY AND COLLECTION
"Parcel of taxable real property" 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 Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector. "Parcel of taxable real property" shall exclude all parcels which are otherwise exempt from or on which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year, and all parcels which qualify for the low-income taxpayer exemption provided by this Oakland Student Achievement, Support and Safety Measure in any year.
The District shall annually provide a list of parcels to the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector which the District has approved for exemption in accordance with this Measure. Eligibility for the low-income taxpayer exemption shall be determined solely by the District, and any taxpayer wishing to challenge the District's determination, or claim a refund or reimbursement of taxes paid while eligible for the exemption, shall apply directly to the District.
The Alameda County Assessor's determination of exemption or relief for any reason of any parcel of real property from taxation, other than through the low-income taxpayer exemption provided for herein, shall be final and binding for the purposes of the education parcel tax. Taxpayers wishing to challenge the County Assessor's determination must do so under the procedures for correcting a misclassification of property pursuant to Part 9 of Division 1 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code or other applicable procedures. Taxpayers seeking a refund of any tax paid shall follow the procedures applicable to property tax refunds pursuant to the California Revenue and Taxation Code.