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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Culver City Unified School District
Measure K - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,750 votes yes (75.38%)

4,490 votes no (24.62%)

100% of precincts reporting (23/23).

Parcel Tax
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To preserve excellence in core academic programs with locally controlled funds that cannot be taken by the State, attract and retain qualified teachers, maintain smaller class sizes, support math, science, engineering, technology, art and music programs, improve support for students with special needs, and prepare students for college and modern careers, shall Culver City Unified School District levy an education parcel tax of $189 for seven years, raise approximately $2,362,500 annually, with an exemption for seniors, and independent oversight?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure K (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Culver City Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 29/2017-2018, to levy a special parcel tax (“Tax”) of $189 per parcel per year on taxable real property. If approved, the Tax will be levied annually beginning July 1, 2019, and continue for seven (7) years.

Proceeds from the Tax shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to: funding core programs in math, science, technology, engineering, art, and music; providing stable, reliable, and secure local funding for schools, independent of State funds; maintaining small class sizes; supporting participation in athletics; and attracting and retaining teachers. No proceeds from the Tax shall be used for administrators’ salaries, benefits, or pensions.

Any property otherwise exempt from ad valorem property taxes in a tax year shall also be exempt from the Tax in the same year. Additionally, any owner of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes who: (1) is 65 years or older before June 30th of the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the Tax would apply; or (2) receives Supplemental Security Income for disability, regardless of age; or (3) receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose annual income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines, may obtain a Tax exemption by applying to the District before June 15th of any year. The District’s decisions regarding the Tax, including exemptions and property classifications, shall be final and binding.

As required by law, an annual written report shall be made to the Board, showing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of projects funded by the Tax. Tax proceeds shall be deposited in a special account.

The Tax shall be collected by the County Tax Collector at the same time, in the same manner, and subject to the same interest and penalties applicable to ad valorem property taxes.

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Culver City schools are reputed as models of educational excellence. Our schools are part of what make our neighborhoods special, bring our community together, and maintain property values. This Parcel Tax is a vital component of our school district’s financial health. Measure K will help maintain the high quality of education students receive by protecting core academics; supporting our robust arts curriculum and competitive athletics; ensuring that students with special needs are properly served; implementing urgently needed safety measures, and helping retain and attract the highest quality teachers and staff (e.g. counselors, nurses and aides) to educate and support our students.

All funds generated by Measure K will stay local, used solely to benefit Culver City students. The State cannot use this money.

Measure K will:
- Maintain and improve core academic programs like science, technology, engineering, math (STEM); English and writing
- Fund vocational education programs, preparing students for college and modern careers
- Help retain and attract high quality teachers and staff
- Maintain small class sizes
- Support at-risk students
- Provide art, music and drama instruction
- Support athletic programs
- Implement urgently needed safety measures

Measure K is a modest, thoughtful proposal supported by parents, teachers and community leaders, helping to ensure that our children continue to graduate high school prepared to compete in the global economy.

Measure K provides exemptions for seniors, and mandates an independent oversight committee to ensure funds are spent as promised. These funds cannot be spent on administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions.

Great schools make great communities by safeguarding property values and keeping neighborhoods strong and prosperous. Measure K is a wise investment that will protect our local schools. Your support is essential for the District to continue providing quality education that our Culver City children deserve.

PLEASE VOTE YES! on K to Protect Culver City schools.

ANNE ALLAIRE
CCUSD School Board President

LESLIE LOCKHART
CCUSD Superintendent

DINA WAHLERT
C.C. Council of PTAs President

DAVID STOUT
Community Budget Advisory Committee Chairman

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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