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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Ravenswood City School District
Measure Q - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

1,916 votos si (74.32%)

662 votos no (25.68%)

Parcel Tax
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To improve local elementary and middle school students' learning and achievement in reading, writing, math and other educational programs; invest in classroom computers and technology; increase safety; maintain reduced class sizes; and attract and retain highly qualified staff; shall the Ravenswood City School District renew an existing tax of $196 per parcel for 8 years, providing $1.2 million annually, with small annual adjustments, senior and local exemptions, all money staying local and requiring citizen oversight?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The California Constitution and State law authorize school districts to levy qualified special taxes for specified purposes. Government Code Sections 5007 and 50079 provide that such a tax measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on it vote to approve the measure.

The Ravenswood City School District ("District") currently has an annual special parcel tax of $196 per parcel adopted in 2011 that will expire June 30, 2018. By this Measure, the District's Board of Trustees proposes to renew the special tax on parcels in the District to raise funds to support various educational purposes outlined below. If this Measure is approved, an annual tax of $196 per parcel, adjusted annually for inflation, at a rate not to exceed 3% would be imposed starting July 1, 2018, for a period of eight years, with the tax ending on June 30, 2026. The District estimates $1.2 million would be raised annually by the renewed 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. Individuals owning and occupying a parcel as a single-family residence may apply for an exemption to the tax if they also: (1) are age 65 years or 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. Parcels presently exempt under the District's existing parcel tax are automatically exempt from the tax under this Measure.

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to improve students' reading, writing, and math skills by recruiting and retaining experienced, highly qualifed staff and by supporting supplemental educational programs and services.

The proceeds of the tax shall only be used for the stated purposes and for no other purposes.

The District will provde the following accountability measures for the tax proceeds: the proceeds will be placed into a special account; and an 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. Also the District's appropriations limit shall be increased annually if necessary to ensure revenue from the tax may be spent for the listed purposes.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would impose an annual tax of $196 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of eight years beginning July 1, 2018, for the purposes listed above.

A "No" vote on this measure would not allow the parcel tax to be levied with the existing parcel tax of $196 per parcel expiring without replacement on June 30, 2018.

This measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes."

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

At Ravenswood City School District, we face many challenges - but we continue to overcome them. With the community's help, we are committed to the goal of providing every one of our students the education they deserve, in a classroom and on a campus, they can be proud of. 

To do that, however, we must maintain all the funding we can here in Raveswood - so vote YES on Measure Q.  Measure Q will renew our existing parcel tax so we can improve reading and writing for our students and retain and attract quality teachers. Measure Q will ensure our schools will keep small class sizes to create better learning environments, because researach demonstrates that children benefit from the personal attention they receive in small classes. 

To help our students be prepared for 21st Century Silican Valley jobs, Measure Q will enhance classroom experiences to expand opportunities for students in technology, science, engineering, and math. It will also strengthen our career education and college preparation programs, all to ensure that our students are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Vote YES on Measure Q to:

 * improve local students' learning and achievement in reading, writing, math, and other educational programs

 * invest in classroom computers and technology

 * increase student safety

 * attract and retain highly qualified staff

 * maintain reduced class sizes

 * provide a quality learning environment for current and future students

Measure Q has accountability requirements and can only be used to improve the education provided to our local students. Measure Q requires:

  * an independent oversight committee

  * all funds spent for our local students

Measure Q makes sense.  Measure Q will continue improving Ravenswood schools - and we know that improving our schools makes our community a more desirable place to live, do business, and raise a family.

Vote YES on Measure Q

 

/s/ Ana Pulido, Board President

/s/ Sharifa wilson, Vice-President

/s/ Millicent Grant, Exec. Director East Palo Alto Senior Center

/s/ Mary Frazier, Pastor

/s/ Daniel Cesena, Belle Haven resident 

 

Argumento EN CONTRA

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the Ravenswood City School District claims they need more money to continue providing quality education. 

The district just got a $26M bond measure approved in 2016 and now they're back for another $70M bond this election. Plus they want another parcel tax.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you $1,568 over the next 8 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)? 

Let's look at the student test scores for Math learners attaining proficiency:

 * 2015-16 school year results: 12% meeting proficiency

 * that means 88% do NOT meet standards

 * Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 12% on a test, that would be an F- grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters, reward a 88% failure rate with more money?

If no, we we encourage you to vote No on Measure Q.

 * For English, only 19% met or exceed standards

No wonder that student enrollment is declining.

Ravenswood City School District is already spending $15,924 per student. That's 139% of the California average. Clearly more money equals lower grades!

For an average class of 25 students, that's $398,100 per class per year.

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $81,339 per shortened work year.

Yet the District administration wants more of your hard earned money to paid their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says that no funds will be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled. 

Tell the Ravenswood City School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on Measure Q.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

For more information, please visit us at: http:www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-ravenswood-parcel-tax 

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the Ravenswood City School District claims they need more money to continue providing quality education. 

The district just got a $26M bond measure approved in 2016 and now they're back for another $70M bond this election. Plus they want another parcel tax.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you $1,568 over the next 8 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)? 

Let's look at the student test scores for Math learners attaining proficiency:

 * 2015-16 school year results: 12% meeting proficiency

 * that means 88% do NOT meet standards

 * Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 12% on a test, that would be an F- grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters, reward a 88% failure rate with more money?

If no, we we encourage you to vote No on Measure Q.

 * For English, only 19% met or exceed standards

No wonder that student enrollment is declining.

Ravenswood City School District is already spending $15,924 per student. That's 139% of the California average. Clearly more money equals lower grades!

For an average class of 25 students, that's $398,100 per class per year.

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $81,339 per shortened work year.

Yet the District administration wants more of your hard earned money to paid their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says that no funds will be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled. 

Tell the Ravenswood City School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on Measure Q.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

For more information, please visit us at: http:www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-ravenswood-parcel-tax 

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Ravenswood schools still need our help - Vote YES on Measure Q!

At Ravenswood City School District, we know we face many challenges - but we continue to overcome them! We know we have a long journey to get there but with the community's help, we are committed to the goal of providing every one of our students the education they deserve.

We know that resources are not as abundant as those opposing Measure Q - who do NOT live in Ravenswood - may think. Compared to other districts on the Peninsula, Ravenswood receives less funding. Compared to the lives of any other children in San Mateo County, Ravenswood's students face many more challenges. And the District is still in the process of making many painful budget cuts - so now we need the community to continue supporting and investing in our students and our schools! Vote YES on Measure Q!

Measure Q will extend our existing parcel tax so vote YES on Measure Q to help:

 * improve local students' learning and achievement

 * invest in classroom computers and technology

 * increase student safety

 * maintain reduced class sizes

 * attract and retain highly qualified staff

 * provide a quality learning environment for current and future students

Measure Q will continue improving Ravenswood schools - and we know that improving our schools makes our community a more desirable place to live, do business, and raise a family. Most importantly, we know that we must continue taking steps towards providing our students with the schools and education they need and deserve.

Vote YES on Measure Q!

 

/s/ Ana Pulido, President

/s/ Sharifa Wilson, Board Vice-President

/s/ Millicent Grant, Executive Director of East Palo Alto Senior Center

/s/ Rev. Mary Frazier, Pastor

/s/ Daniel Cesena, Belle Haven resident 

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