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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
Special District

Cabrillo Unified School District
Measure I Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

4,276 votes yes (74%)

1,499 votes no (26%)

Parcel Tax Measure
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To maintain quality education in Coastside schools without increasing taxes; preserve strong academic programs in reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts, math; retain qualified teachers/staff; prepare students for college and careers; and maintain school safety and security; shall a measure to renew its expiring $150 education parcel tax for eight years be adopted, raising approximately $1,600,000 annually with independent citizen oversight, exemptions for seniors and others, and all funds staying in Coastside schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and state law authorize school districts to levy qualified special taxes for specified purposes. Government Code Sections 50077 and 50079 provide that such a tax measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on it vote to approve the measure.

By this measure, the Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Unified School District ("District") proposes to renew an expiring special tax on parcels in the District to support various educational purposes outlined below. If this Measure is approved, an annual tax of $150 per parcel would be imposed for a period of eight years starting July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2028. The District estimates that approximately $1.6 million would be raised annually by the tax.

The proposed tax applies to any unit of real property which lies wholly or partially in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from San Mateo County tax collection officials. Parcels otherwise exempt from such property taxes will be exempt from this proposed tax. Any individual owning and occupying a parcel as a single-family residence may apply for an exemption to the tax if they are: (1) age 65 years of older; (2) receive Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or (3) receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and have an annual income not exceeding 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines.

The stated purposes of this tax are to: (1) preserve strong academic reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math programs; (2) retain qualified teachers and staff; (3) protect programs to assist struggling students; (4) provide college and career counsellors for high school and middle school students; (5) maintain updated classroom technology; and (6) keep all the District's schools open.

The proceeds of the tax shall only be used for the stated purposes and for no other purposes. No proceeds may be spent on administrators' salaries or benefits.

The District will provide the following accountability measures for the tax proceeds: the proceeds will be placed into a special account; annual report accounting for the proceeds collected and expended and the status of projects or programs funded by the tax will be filed with the District's Board of Trustees and a committee of citizens will oversee expenditures of the proceeds.

The proposed tax is not intended to jeopardize local, state, or federal funding and, if any such funding is reduced or offset because of the tax, the District may reduce the amount the tax levied as necessary to restore funding. Also the District's appropriations limit will be increased annually if necessary to ensure revenue from the tax may be spent for the listed purposes.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure I to protect high quality education, support teachers and students in our Coastside schools without increasing taxes.

All children deserved a well-rounded education provided by excellent teachers. Measure I retains skilled teachers and provides them with the ongoing training to maintain strong education in our schools.

For nearly a decade, voter approved funding has helped support core academics and retain highly qualified teachers in our local schools.  Now this funding is set to expire.  Without Measure I our schools will face significant cuts that will impact the quality of education our children receive.

Measure I is critical to help close the gap of insufficient funding from the State by renewing stable local funding that students can count on - without raising taxes. By law, all money raised by Measure I goes to our Coastside schools - Sacramento can't touch a dime.

Vote YES on I - Continue Student Success in Local Schools

 *  Retain qualified teachers and staff

 * Preserve strong academic programs in reading and writing

 * Preserve strong academic programs in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math

 * Prepare students to excel in high school, college, and careers

 * Maintain school safety and security

Measure I is Fiscally Accountable

 * All funds stay local and cannot be taken away by the State

 * Senior citizens and homeowners with disabilities can continue to obtain an exemption

 * Independent citizen oversight and annual audits ensure funds are spent as promised

 * Measure I cannot be used for administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions

Good local schools are what make our community a desirable place to live. By keeping our Cabrillo Unified School District schools strong, we keep our community strong and improve property values.

Please join parents, teachers, retirees, and Coastside leaders in supporting the future success in local students and protecting quality education in our neighborhood schools without raising taxes. 

/s/ Deborah B. Penrose, City Councilmember

/s/ Dan Littlefield, Business Owner

/s/ Heidi Stadler Mills, Teacher 10 + Years

/s/ Rosalva Soqura, Parent

/s/ Mike Alfiano, Community Advocate 

 

Arguments AGAINST

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