League of Women Voters of California
Special Tax for Education
Cabrillo Unified School District
2/3 Voter Approval Required
4,603 / 65.4% Yes votes ...... 2,440 / 34.6% No votes
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Shall the Cabrillo Unified School District be authorized to levy a special tax of $250.00 on each parcel within the District, each year for five years, exempting parcels owned and occupied by individuals over 65 and vacant parcels, to be used to restore education and support programs, continue class-size reduction, and provide student transportation?
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, 2003 and ending July 1, 2008. This tax shall be at a rate not to exceed $250 per year on all taxable parcels in the District.
A parcel shall be defined as any parcel of land wholly or partially located within the District, for which the San Mateo County Assessor has assigned an assessor's identification number and has designated the parcel as having a permanent structure which is used for residential, industrial or commercial purposes. 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 purposes of this special tax. If a mobile home is located on a parcel of land that has been assigned an identification number by the Assessor and is subject to this tax, the mobile home itself shall not be separately treated as a parcel for purposes of this tax, even if the mobile home has been assigned an "improvement" parcel number. Any property owner aged 65 years or older may qualify for an exemption from the special tax if the property owner occupies the parcel.
The proceeds of the special tax shall be spent to provide, maintain or restore the following: small class size for kindergarten through third grade; literacy programs; teaching staff; transportation services; library programs; middle and high school guidance counseling; small size high school English and math classes; middle school math programs; advanced placement and honors classes; special programs including music and art; custodial and clerical services; classroom supplies and material.
The proceeds of the special tax will be placed into a special account. The Board of Trustees must file an annual report accounting for the parcel tax revenues collected and the manner in which they have been spent.
This measure would also increase the District's appropriations limit per fiscal year, in an amount equal to the levy of the special tax for that year, as permitted by Article XIIIB, section 4 of the California Constitution.
A "yes" vote on this measure would allow a special tax to be levied on all taxable parcels in the Cabrillo Unified School District in an amount of up to $250 per year, to provide, maintain or restore education and support programs. It would also allow the appropriations (spending) limit to be raised.
A "no" vote on this measure would not allow the special tax to be levied and would not allow the appropriations limit to be raised.
This measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes."
|Arguments For Measure C||Arguments Against Measure C|
|The State of California faces a $34.6 billion shortfall which will lead to
dramatic, sustained state-wide reductions in funding to public education.
As a result, Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) will have a 2003/04
budget shortfall that will total (or exceed) $2,500,000. CUSD cannot
absorb funding cuts of this magnitude.
Measure C authorizes a local parcel tax to help CUSD offset loss of state revenues. A parcel tax is the only way by which a school district can raise money.
Currently, Cabrillo schools have high academic standards, quality programs and outstanding teachers. Without the additional funding that Measure C would generate, many teaching positions and valuable programs will be severely curtailed or eliminated including: Literacy, counseling, busing, special education, library, computer, athletics, and high school electives. In kindergarten through 3rd grade, class sizes will be significantly increased. In sum, students will receive less individualized instruction and have fewer course offerings at a time when mandated educational requirements are becoming increasingly demanding.
Measure C will cost property owners $250 per year for only 5 years, or less than $22 per month. Only improved parcels will be taxed. Persons 65 years of age on or before July 1 of any applicable year will be granted an exemption for a parcel which is a principal place of residence.
The proceeds of this tax will be used for the specific instructional purposes listed, not for administration. An annual report will be filed with the Governing Board regarding the amount of funds collected, expended, and status of projects.
The dollars generated by this parcel tax will be a direct investment in coastside children and benefit the entire community. Please support our students by voting YES on Measure C For additional information, www.pro-school.org or (712-1800).
/s/ Jackie Speier
/s/ Charise McHugh
/s/ Jonathan Lundell
/s/ Naomi Patridge
/s/ Cindy Epps
Measure C is bloated and unaffordable!The school district claims that without the extra funding provided by this parcel tax, many valuable programs would be cut. How, then, were these programs funded before the recent massive school spending increases? School busing, for example, was well funded in past times when the district's income was far lower than now. Clearly, reforms are urgently needed to redirect spending away from educational fads, and back towards proven programs which benefit our children. But you won't see any such changes if voters hand the district a blank check from Measure C.
Measure C is "Business as Usual" and won't lead to any needed reforms!
Measure C would plow millions more dollars into unproductive educational soil. In years past, the district has maintained quality educational programs with far less money. With the right priorities it can do better on today's funding - and with sensitivity to district taxpayers suffering through the worst recession in 30 years.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE C
/s/ Donald F. Pettengill
/s/ Stephen J. Okonek
|Why is the school district squandering education dollars on another parcel tax election? The voters have said NO PARCEL TAX three times, but the same regressive measure has been arrogantly submitted within days of its defeat March 4.
CUSD is spending money on elections instead of our children!Now more than ever, this needlessly excessive local tax does not make sense. Gasoline and health costs are skyrocketing, and many are struggling to make ends meet after being laid off in the worst recession in 30 years. Large tax increases from Sacramento seem certain given the State deficit.
Now is not the time for one more, huge, five-year tax increase!The school district must do what the rest of us are doing: make best use of available resources. CUSD's own reported funding per student shows HUGE increases, from $4,277 in 1995-6 to $6,711 in 2000-1; but services including busing are cut. Where is that money going?
School funding over the years is way UP - but so is the waste!Our schools desperately need reform, but that will never happen as long as our board believes that the solution for ineffective use of education dollars,is yet more money. If you truly care for our children you will send this board a message: PUT CHILDREN FIRST and implement necessary reforms!
VOTE NO ON MEASURE CTell this district to live within its means like the rest of us, and to lobby Sacramento and Washington to cut out red tape, useless mandates, and other waste. In these hard times, ordinary folk here on the Coastside cannot also bear the burden of out-of-control school spending!
/s/ Donald F. Pettengill
/s/ Stephen J. Okonek
Key facts about Measure C include:
Do coastside voters support a parcel tax?
Is CUSD spending money on this election?
Is CUSD wasting dollars?
Is now the right time?
What happened to school funding?
Is this a big tax?
Educating today's children is an investment in our community and our future.
/s/ Gene Mullin
/s/ Burt Jones
/s/ Andrew Dorfman
/s/ John Meador
/s/ James Tjogas
|Full Text of Measure C|
|Pursuant to Section 50075.1(a) of the Government Code, the
proceeds of the special tax shall be spent to provide, maintain or restore the following:
A. Small classes in kindergarten through third grade;
Pursuant to Section 50075.1(b) of the Government Code, no program or reduction other than the above shall be funded by the proceeds of the special tax.
Under no circumstances shall any of the proceeds of the tax be used for administrative salaries.
A "parcel" shall be defined as any parcel of land, wholly or partially located within the District, for which the County Assessors of San Mateo County have assigned an assessor's identification number and designated by the County Assessor as having a permanent structure which is used for residential, industrial or commercial purposes. However, 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 purposes of this special tax. Moreover, if a mobile home is located on a parcel of land that has been assigned an identification number by the County Assessor and is subject to this tax, the mobile home itself shall not be separately treated as a parcel for purposes of this tax, even if the mobile home has been assigned an "improvement" parcel number.
Pursuant to Section 50079(b) of the Government Code, any owners, 65 years of age or older, of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single family residential purposes may obtain an exemption from the special tax upon approval of an application submitted to the Governing Board of the District.
Pursuant to Section 50075.1(c) of the Government Code, the District shall create or cause to be created an account into which the proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited.
Pursuant to Section 50075.1(d) of the Government Code, the District shall file the annual reports required by Section 50075.3 of the Government Code.
Pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIB, the appropriations limit for the Cabrillo Unified School District shall be increased by the aggregate sum collected by the levy of the special tax in each of the years for which the special tax is authorized.