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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Renewal of Special Assessment for Educational Programs and Services
Mill Valley School District
13778 / 77.72% Yes votes ...... 3949 / 22.28% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 24 10:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (29/29)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To maintain school libraries and libraryervices, maintain small class sizes, and avoid the layoff of teachers in Mill Valley elementary and middle schools, shall the existing instructional parcel tax in Mill Valley be continued for an additional 8 years, including an annual audit and accountability measures?
An exemption is created for owners aged sixty-five (65) years or older who use the parcel as his or her principal place of residence.
Dated: August 17, 2004
|Arguments For Measure H||Arguments Against Measure H|
|Measure H provides an 8-year renewal of the current K-8 school parcel tax Mill Valley voters have supported since 1987. This parcel tax currently generates more than 20% ($3.9 million) of the Mill Valley School District's annual operating budget, paying for over one-third of the District's teachers and librarians. The outstanding reputation of Mill Valley public schools and the high achievement levels of our students are directly related to this critical funding source. If it is not renewed, up to 50 teachers will be laid off and the quality of Mill Valley public education will
We urge Mill Valley voters to vote "Yes" on Measure H because it:
We urge you to vote "YES" on this measure to keep our local public schools strong!
s/ Paula Reynolds, Vice President Mill Valley School Board, Co-Founder and Principal, M Squared Consulting, Inc.
s/ Peter Coyote Actor / Writer
s/ Leslie Wachtel Community Volunteer
s/ Betsey Cutler Former Mayor, City of Mill Valley
s/ Dennis P. Fisco Vice Mayor, City of Mill Valley
Look at your property tax bill .... you are already paying more than $600/year in supplemental taxes! At its expiration in 2014, this tax alone will reach $600/year because of the annual 5% increase!! With inflation nearly non-existent and enrollment not expected to increase, how can the School Board justify this?
Eighteen months ago, Mill Valley voters rejected this kind of greed. Despite dire warnings of massive teacher layoffs, not one teacher has been dismissed due to lack of funds! Should it be necessary, perhaps administrative staff lay-offs would be more appropriate?
Allowing citizens to vote for a tax they don't have to pay is like making Social Security and Medicare taxes voluntary for the rest of us. Parents of Mill Valley students should not be excused from paying the cost of education just because they are renters rather than property owners. In all fairness, seniors should not be excused either!
The current tax does not expire until June 2006. The School Board has plenty of time to propose a more reasonable measure. Don't allow their scare tactics to fool you into voting for this perpetually increasing tax.
There are a number of tax measures on the ballot this fall _ don't let this one add to your tax burden! VOTE NO ON MEASURE H!!
s/ Betty Lou Ahlman, Retired Securities Broker
s/ Joan Forbes, Retired Decorator
s/ Karin Hiller, Retired Real Estate Broker
s/ Paul D. Thompson, Retired
|Eighteen months ago we rejected a $181/year parcel tax with a 5%annual increase.
Now here we go again! Only this time it's a continuation of an alreadyexisting parcel tax that started at $120/year in 1987, for five years. Butit's grown like Topsy! In 1991 it was up to $155/year for eight years, plus5% annual boost. By 1998 it was $275 plus annual 5% for eight years.
Now, 2004, already at $368, proponents want yet another eight yearextension with 5% more annually. What's next in two years? $500?$800? It's already too much!
In addition, Mill Valley schools benefit from an $18.6 million 1994 schoolfacilities bond issue, and a $7.7 million 1998 school facilities bond issuewe'll be paying on for may years to come.
Pouring ever increasing tax money into our schools doesn't solve theproblems. Demand never ceases, never decreases, always increases,but results never match the rising costs, always exceeding the totalincreases in population and Price Index combined.
Parcel taxes fundamentally are doubly unfair:
Vote NO on H.
s/ Betty Lou Ahlman, Retired
s/ Joan Forbes, Retired
s/ Karin Hiller, Retired
s/ Paul D. Thompson, Retired
Without a renewal, the school district has no place left to cut 20% from its budget except teachers and programs. Voting Yes prevents laying off up to one-third of District teachers and eliminating library services and other essential programs with NO NEW TAXES. By law, these funds must be spent directly on teachers' compensation and library services. Measure H ensures accountability by requiring an annual audit, and maintains local control over school funding.
Mill Valley voters have supported the current parcel tax since 1987. We have a proud tradition of supporting our schools and filling in where the state has precipitously left off. The argument against Measure H over looks important facts:
s/ Robert Canepa
s/ John Leonard
s/ Jill B. Greenman
s/ Phyllis Schlobohm
s/ Diane Wagner
|Full Text of Measure H|
|RESOLUTION NO. #18-03/04
RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE MILL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSING SPECIAL ASSESSMENT RENEWAL AND ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ELECTION ORDER
June 9, 2004
THE MILL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD FINDS:
State funding for education has been inadequate and unpredictable, and without the funds provided by the current special assessment, the Mill Valley School District (Edna Maguire, Mill Valley Middle, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point, and Tamalpais Valley schools) would be forced to reduce or eliminate important programs beneficial and necessary to the children who attend the schools of the District, and
The voters of Mill Valley have consistently supported the District's excellent education program through the passage of local parcel taxes and bonds that have enabled the recruitment and retention of superior teachers and staff, small class sizes, and renovation of all six local schools; and
The voters of the District previously authorized a special assessment which expires on June 30, 2006, and, without a renewed authorization by the voters, a substantial reduction and elimination of educational programs and services will result; and
Such voter support for Mill Valley's schools by the community has tangible results in the form of consistently high student test scores and safely rebuilt community buildings; and
The Mill Valley School District cannot continue to maintain its excellent educational program without the continuation of the existing parcel tax, and without the parcel tax would be forced to reduce teachers and staff and cut vital programs; and
The Mill Valley School District has worked collaboratively with its schools community foundation, KIDDO! and all six local PTAs to fill in as much of the funding gap as possible through annual direct contributions; and
These community partners will continue to raise essential funds to provide art, music, drama, poetry, and dance for students across the District, as well as computers and other site needs for all six schools; and The State of California's budget problems make increased state funding impossible, and the federal government has withheld earmarked federal funds for such services as special education; and
The Mill Valley School District is committed to the highest standards of fiscal accountability and budget transparency, for which it has been publicly praised by the County; and must, by law, create a balanced three year budget with a 3% reserve; and
Section 4 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution and Government Code Sections 50075, 50076, 50077, 50079 and 53720, et seq.,authorize school districts to levy a special tax for specified purposes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast.
NOW, THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE MILL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. A special election is called and ordered and shall be conducted on November 2, 2004, at which election will be submitted to the qualified voters of the Mill Valley School District a measure to authorize a renewal of the existing special tax for the purpose of providing specified educational programs for a period of eight additional years. The full text of the measure is as follows:
To maintain excellence in Mill Valley's public education, shall the Mill Valley School District (Edna Maguire, Mill Valley Middle, Old Mill, Park,Strawberry Point and Tamalpais Valley schools) renew for eight years from its current expiration date (June 30, 2006) the existing special tax,and maintain the provision for the annual increase in the tax and the senior exemption for any beneficial owner of a parcel who is 65 or over and who uses that parcel as his or her principal place of residence?
The proceeds of the special tax will be used to address the District's Strategic Plan for the specific purposes listed below.
The senior exemption provided in the existing special tax will be continued; the exemption shall be granted for any parcel owned by one or more persons 65 years of age or over on or before July 1 of any applicable year who uses that parcel as his or her principal place of residence, upon application for exemption.
The District must provide accountability measures to ensure that: (1) the proceeds of the special tax are applied only to the specific purposes listed; (2) the proceeds of the special tax are deposited into a special account; (3) the District's chief fiscal officer files a report with the Governing Board at least once a year regarding the amount of funds collected, expended and the status of projects funded by the special tax;and (4) in addition to the accountability measures required by law and described herein, an annual audit will be conducted to ensure that the proceeds of the special tax are used for the purposes identified.
Section 2: The text of the measure as displayed on each individualballot shall be abbreviated and shall read as follows:
"RENEWAL OF MILL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
To maintain school libraries and library services, maintain small class sizes, and avoid the layoff of teachers in Mill Valley elementary and middle schools, shall the existing instructional parcel tax in Mill Valley be continued for an additional 8 years, including an annual audit and accountability measures?"
Section 3: Subject to two-thirds approval of the voters, and commencing on July 1, 2006, the Marin County Tax Collector shall collect the special tax annually on all assessor's parcels at the rate specified above for a period of eight years. The Marin County Tax Collector shall collect and administer the special tax at the same time as, along with, and in the same manner as he/she fixes and collects ad valorem property taxes under provisions of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
Section 4: The District shall provide all accountability measures required by Government Code Sections 50075.1 and 50075.3 including, but not limited to the following:
Section 6: The authority for the specifications of this election order is contained in California Education Code Section 5322.
Section 7: The Mill Valley School District Governing Board President shall certify to the due adoption of this Resolution and no later than August 6, 2004, deliver a copy of the certified Resolution to the Marin County Superintendent of Schools and file a copy of the certified Resolution with the Marin County Clerk and Marin County Board of Supervisors.
Section 8: Governing Board members, the District Superintendent, and District Officers are hereby authorized and directed individually and collectively to do any and all things and to execute, deliver, and perform any and all agreements and documents that they deem necessary or advisable in order to effectuate the purposes of this Resolution, including, without limitation, to prepare and submit for inclusion in the voter information pamphlet an argument in favor of passage of the ballot measure. All actions previously taken by the officers and agents of the District that are in conformity with the purposes and intent of this Resolution are hereby ratified, confirmed, and approved in all respects.
Section 9: The Governing Board requests the Marin County Clerk and the Marin County Superintendent of Schools to take all steps necessary to call and hold the election on November 2, 2004, in accordance with law.
Section 10: The Governing Board requests the governing body of any other political subdivision, or any officer otherwise authorized by law, to consolidate partially or completely its election and to provide that the canvass be made by any body or official authorized by law to canvass the returns of the election, and the Board consents to this consolidation.
Section 11: If any section, subsection, phrase, or clause of this Resolution is for any reason held to be invalid, the invalidation shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Resolution. The Governing Board declares that it would have adopted this Resolution and each section, subsection, phrase, or clause of the Resolution irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections,phrases, or clauses may be declared invalid.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Trustees of the Mill Valley School District at a regular meeting held on the 9tth day of June 2004, by the following vote:
AYES: 5 NOES: 0 ABSENT: 0 ABSTAIN: 0
s/ Monib Khademi President of the Board