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San Carlos Elementary School District
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Pass: 5,709 / 81.1% Yes votes ...... 1,331 / 18.9% No votes
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To protect quality education for San Carlos elementary and middle school students; maintain educational programs including math, reading, and writing, and hands-on science instruction; attract and retain qualified teachers; maintain art and music classes, and keep school libraries open, shall San Carlos School District replace an expiring local school funding measure by extending --- without increasing --- the current tax rate of $110.60 per parcel per year for eight years, with citizen oversight and an exemption for seniors?
By this measure, the Board of Education of the San Carlos School District proposes to levy a special tax for a period of eight years beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2019. This tax shall be at a rate of no more than $110.60 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 San Mateo County tax collection officials. All property which would otherwise be exempt from ad valorem property taxes will also be exempt from the special tax. In addition, an exemption shall be available to persons who are 65 years of age or older who own and occupy a parcel and who apply for such exemption or have a current valid exemption from any of the District's special taxes.
The stated purposes of the special tax are to: support math, reading, writing skills, and hands-on science instruction; attract and retain qualified teachers and classroom support staff; maintain art and music programs; keep school libraries staffed and open; and provide other financial support to the extent of available funds to maintain the District's academic programs and operations, including purchase of instructional equipment, materials, and supplies. No proceeds from this tax shall be spent on direct or indirect costs of District administration. Proceeds from the tax shall be applied only for the listed purposes.
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 these parcel tax revenues. An annual report is required that 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 new special tax to be levied on property within the boundaries of the San Carlos School District beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2019, in an amount of no more than $110.60 per year per taxable parcel for the specified purposes listed above.
A "No" vote on this measure would not allow the new special tax to be levied.
This measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes."
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|Vote YES on Measure A so our San Carlos elementary and middle schools can maintain programs that provide an excellent academic foundation including math, science, reading, and writing.
San Carlos elementary and middle schools are recognized as among the best in California. Our students' test scores are well above the State's standard of excellence, and they continue to rise. Since 2003, San Carlos School District has relied on voter-approved local funding to help maintain this tradition of excellence.
Measure A sinply renews that existing local school funding, without increasing taxes. This funding will expire in June 2011 if Measure A fails.
Measure A supports strong student achievement by:
Measure A includes taxpayer protections:
For more information, visit SupportStrongSchools.com
Please support strong schools in San Carlos: Vote YES on A.
Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Fred Koehler, former San Carlos Citizen of the Year
Linda Teutschel, Chairwoman, San Carlos Hometown Days
Vicci Mueller, 30 Year Teacher, San Carlos Schools, English & Social Studies
Janet Hall, President, San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council
|No Arguments were submitted Against Measure A|
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|SAN CARLOS SCHOOL DISTRICT EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION ACT OF 2011
This proposition may be known and referred to as the "San Carlos School District Excellence in Education Act of 2011" or as "Measure A."
The San Carlos School District ("District") seeks to maintain its excellent schools for the benefit of all local elementary and middle school students and their families.
The San Carlos community places a high value on maintaining and continuing to improve the academic performance and the quality of education for children in the District.
The District must continue to attract and retain the best teachers available in the area.
A superior and comprehensive education program delivers many long lasting benefits and advantages to all the residents of our community.
Strong support of local schools enhances property values within the District.
Local funding of our schools allows local control over our children's education.
The District and community have consistently supported our local schools with local fund-raising efforts and special taxes, including Measure D approved in 2003.
Unless Measure D is renewed before June 2011, our local schools will lose approximately $1 million per year in funding.
Upon approval of two-thirds of those voting on this Proposition, the District shall be authorized to levy a qualified special tax annually on each parcel of taxable real property in the District for eight years commencing July 1, 2011. The qualified special tax shall be known and referred to as the "Excellence in Education Tax." The amount of the Excellence in Education Tax shall be no more than $110.60 per year per parcel of taxable property.
Proceeds of the Excellence in Education Tax shall be authorized to be used to provide financial support to school programs directly benefitting students, as follows:
No proceeds shall be spent on direct or indirect costs of District administration.
Proceeds shall be fairly and equitably distributed, as the Board of Education of the District shall determine.
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION
In order to provide tax relief to senior citizens in the community, any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older shall be exempt from the Excellence in Education Act upon proper application to the District. The exemption shall be available pursuant to procedures to be prescribed by the Board of Education or otherwise as required by law or by the San Mateo County Tax Collector. Senior citizens with a current valid exemption from any of the District's special taxes shall be exempt from the Excellence in Education Tax and not be required to reapply, subject to these procedures.
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Education shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight committee (which may be the existing Measure D or Measure B oversight committee) to review the Annual Audit and other records of how moneys raised under this proposition have been spent in order to ensure that such moneys have been spent wisely and only for the purposes named in this proposition. The Board of Education shall provide by resolution for the composition, duties, funding, and other necessary information regarding the committee's formation and operation.
Annual Audit. Upon the levy and collection of the education parcel tax, the Board of Education shall cause an account to be established for the deposit of the proceeds, pursuant to Government Code Section 50075.1. For so long as any proceeds remain unexpended, the Superintendent or the chief financial officer of the District shall cause 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 years, and (2) the status of any projects or description of any programs funded. The costs of preparing the annual report 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 Proposition shall constitute the specific purposes of the Excellence in Education Tax, and proceeds of the tax shall be applied only for such purposes.
LEVY AND COLLECTION
The Excellence in Education Tax shall be collected by the San Mateo County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner and shall be subject to the same penalties as ad valorem property taxes collected by the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Unpaid taxes shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem property taxes until paid.
"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 San Mateo 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 Senior Citizen Exemption provided by this Proposition in any year.
The District shall annually provide a list of parcels to the San Mateo County tax collection officials which the District has approved for a Senior Citizen Exemption from the Excellence in Education Tax as described above. The San Mateo County Assessor's determination of exemption or relief for any reason of any parcel from taxation, other than through the Senior Citizen Exemption, shall be final and binding for the purposes of the Excellence in Education Tax. Taxpayers wishing to challenge the County Assessor's determination must do so under the procedures for correcting a misclassification of property pursuant to Section 4876.5 of the California Revenue and Taxation code or other applicable procedures. Taxpayers seeking a refund of the Excellence in Education Tax paid shall follow the procedures applicable to property tax refunds pursuant to the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
The Board of Education hereby declares, and the voters by approving this Proposition concur, that every section, paragraph, sentence, and clause of this Proposition 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 Proposition by the voters, should any part be found by a court of compentent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.