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Marin County, CA May 6, 2014 Election
Measure B
Parcel Tax to Support Academic Programs
Reed Union School District

2/3 Approval Required

Pass: 78 / 78.0% Yes votes ...... 22 / 22.0% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

To support excellent academic programs and high-quality, 21st-century education by: Retaining highly qualified, experienced teachers; Supporting innovative core academic programs and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs; Minimizing class size increases; Supporting art, music, and library programs; Shall Reed Union School District renew its expiring education parcel tax for eight years, with a one-time increase of $138, and 3% annual adjustments, with senior exemptions, no money for administrator salaries, and funds staying local?

Impartial Analysis from Steven M. Woodside, County Counsel
This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Reed Union School District of the County of Marin.

If this Measure is approved by a two-thirds vote, the Reed Union School District will be authorized to increase the existing special tax by One Hundred Thirty-Eight Dollars ($138,000) per assessors's parcel, beginning July 1, 2014, for a maximum of eight years, with Three Percent (3%) yearly adjustments. This measure specifies that proceeds of the tax are to be used for providing continued support for small classes, instructional programs, curriculum development and professional training and not for administrative salaries.

An exemption is created for owner aged Sixty-Five (65) years and older.

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Arguments For Measure B
We are proud to have top-quality local schools serving Tiburon, Belvedere and Corte Madera. Our teachers are the most experienced and effective and our students have the highest test scores in Marin year after year. Measure B is critical to maintaining this level of academic excellence.

Since 1990, Reed schools have relied on voter-approved local funding that sustains challenging academic programs, keeps great teachers in our classrooms and maintains the smallest class sizes possible. These funds go directly to Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar schools and stay under our local control. No funds can be taken by the State or redirected to other school districts. No funds can be used for administrator salaries, and seniors are eligible for an exemptions.

Without Measure B this local funding is now set to expire.

Voting YES on B will renew funding to:

  • Retain highly-qualified, experienced teachers
  • Support innovative core academic programs and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs
  • Minimize class size increases
  • Support art, music and library programs

Measure B requires strict taxpayer protections:

  • No funds can be taken by the State
  • No funds for administrator salaries
  • Mandatory annual audits and reports
  • Seniors are eligible for an exemption

In the last five years alone student enrollment has grown by 35% - with no new funding to support these hundreds of new students. Measure B will help minimize class size increases and ensure that students get the individual attention that they need.

Whether or not you have aged children, protecting the quality of our local schools is a wise investment. Good schools protect our property values and our quality of life.

Join parents, teachers, seniors, local business leaders, and other across our community - Vote YES on B.

s/Alice Fredericks Mayor, Town of Tiburon
s/Bill Smith Local Realtor, Former Mayor, City of Beledere, Staff Commondore, SF Yacht Club, RUSD Parent
s/Dana Linker Steele President, RUSD Board of Trustees, RUSD Parent and Alum
s/Patti Stadlin Former President, Foundation for Reed Schools, Former Board Member, Belvedere-Tiboron Library Foundation

(No arguments against Measure B were submitted)

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