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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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San Leandro Unified School District
Measure I - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

16,716 votos si (75.1%)

5,542 votos no (24.9%)

100% de distritos activos (51/51).

Parcel Tax
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To restore funding previously approved by voters to protect the quality of education in local schools, provide high quality programs in math, science, technology, arts, and skilled trades that prepare students for success in college/careers, and attract/retain highly qualified teachers, on an ongoing basis shall the San Leandro Unified School District levy $39 per parcel, raising $745,000 annually, with annual cost of living adjustments, an exemption for seniors, independent citizen oversight, and no money for administrator salaries?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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Un voto por el SÍ significa

San Leandro public schools have made huge strides over the past five years due in large part to the generous financial support of San Leandro voters. The changes have been numerous and when taken as a whole, dramatic. A partial list of the changes include increased enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, free SAT testing for all high school juniors, innovative teacher-led staff development programs, and expansion of Career Technical Education which offers students valuable career skills. As a result, San Leandro public schools have received many state and national awards and recognition.

 

Voting Yes on Measure I ensures our public schools continue their dynamic and exciting growth. Measure I simply restores the parcel tax that voters approved in 2012 to the same $39 a year amount. Property owners who are 65 or older, as before, are exempt.

 

Measure I directly benefits our students. Measure I will support high quality programs in math, science, technology, arts, and skilled trades that prepare students for success in college or career, and be used to attract and retain highly qualified teachers.

 

All money raised by Measure I will stay in San Leandro and cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. There will be independent citizen oversight of the spending. None of the money can be used for school administrator salaries.

Nationally, California ranks near the bottom of all states in per pupil spending when adjusted for the cost of living. This is why it is necessary that we raise funds locally to support our schools.

 

Maintaining the quality of education in our local public schools is important. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes. Measure I provides our schools the support they need to succeed.

 

We thank you for voting Yes on Measure I.

 

Monique Tate, President, San Leandro Unified School District

 

Evelyn Gonzalez, Trustee, San Leandro Unified School District

 

Christian Rodriguez, President San Leandro Education Foundation

 

Jon Sherr, President, San Leandro Teachers Association

 

Wingsheung Mok, Parent, Retired Teacher

 

 

Un voto por el NO significa

No Argument Against was submitted

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Legislación propuesta

 

A. Introduction

 

To restore funding previously approved by voters to protect the quality of education in local schools, provide high quality programs in math, science, technology, arts, and skilled trades that prepare students for success in college/careers, and attract/retain highly qualified teachers, on an ongoing basis shall the San Leandro Unified School District levy $39 per parcel, raising $745,000 annually, with annual cost of living adjustments, an exemption for seniors, independent citizen oversight, and no money for administrator salaries.

 

B. Purposes

 

To provide local revenue that cannot be taken by the State and to maintain high-quality public education in schools in the District, the District proposes to levy and collect an education parcel tax annually as more fully described below and to implement accountability measures in connection with the education parcel tax and to provide oversight and accountability to ensure that funds are used only for the following specific purposes:

 

• Attracting and retaining qualified teachers,

• Supporting core academic math, science and reading programs,

• Providing for student safety,

• Maintaining and providing classroom computers and instructional

technology,

• Maintaining art and music programs,

• Maintaining class sizes, and

• Maintaining programs in career technical education for students who

want to learn a skilled trade

 

The District’s Board of Education (“Board”) will not fund any program other than those listed above from the proceeds of the education parcel tax.

 

C. Amount and Basis of Tax

 

This Measure shall authorize the District to annually levy a uniform qualified special tax at the rate of $39 on all Parcels of Taxable Real Property on an ongoing basis beginning July 1, 2019. The District shall provide the Alameda County Tax Collector (“County Tax Collector”) a report indicating the parcel number and amount of tax for each Parcel of Taxable Real Property.

 

To account for the impact of inflation on the cost of delivering the classroom programs and student services supported by the qualified special tax, the qualified special tax rate shall be increased annually to account for inflation pursuant to this provision. Beginning in 2020-21 and each year thereafter, the rate of this qualified special tax shall be the rate levied in the prior tax year increased by a cost-of-living adjustment equal to the annual average percentage change in the Consumer Price Index - All Urban Consumers, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area (Series CUURS49BSA0) over the prior twelve months, as of December 1 of the prior fiscal year, as published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the event the Consumer Price Index - All Urban Consumers, San Francisco-Oakland- Hayward area (Series CUURS49BSA0) is no longer published, the Board shall adopt a comparable index of general price levels as it shall determine. Any increase shall be rounded to the nearest dollar.

 

This qualified special tax is estimated to raise $745,000 in annual local funding for District schools. The amount of annual local funding raised by this qualified special tax will vary from year-to-year.

 

The qualified special tax shall be levied on every Parcel of Taxable Real Property in the District. “Parcel of Taxable Real Property” shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District which receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the County Tax Collector. All property which is otherwise exempt from or on which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall not be considered a Parcel of Taxable Real Property for purposes of the qualified special tax in such year.

 

D. Exemption from Qualified Special Tax

 

Under procedures adopted by the District, an exemption from payment of the qualified special tax may be granted on any parcel owned by one or more persons who is/are:

 

1. An individual who will attain 65 years of age as of July 1 of the tax year and occupying said parcel as his or her principal residence (“Senior Citizen Exemption”); or,

 

2. Receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, and occupying said parcel as his or her principal residence (“SSI Exemption”); or

 

3. Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and occupying said parcel as his or her principal residence (“SSDI Exemption”).

 

E. Claim / Exemption Procedures

 

With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the County Tax Collector or other appropriate County official shall make all final determinations of tax exemption or relief for any reason, and that decision shall be final and binding. With respect to matters specific to the levy of the qualified special tax, including the exemptions or any other disputed matter specific to the application of the qualified special tax, the decisions of the District shall be final and binding. The procedures described herein, and any additional procedures established by the Board shall be the exclusive claims procedure

 

for claimants seeking an exemption, refund, reduction, or re-computation of the qualified special tax. Whether any particular claim is to be resolved by the District or by the County Tax Collector shall be determined by the District, in coordination with the County Tax Collector as necessary.

 

F. Appropriations Limit

 

Pursuant to California Constitution Article XIII B and applicable laws, the appropriations limit for the District will be adjusted periodically by the aggregate sum collected by levy of this qualified special tax.

 

G. Accountability Measures

 

1. Specific Purposes. The proceeds of the qualified special tax shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified above. The proceeds of the qualified special tax shall be deposited into a fund, which shall be kept separate and apart from other funds of the District.

 

2. Annual Reports. No later than December 31 of each year while the tax is in effect, the District shall prepare and file with the Board a report detailing the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any project authorized to be funded by this Measure. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period, as said officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into or filed with the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

 

3. Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board shall provide for an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review expenditures of the proceeds of the tax in order to ensure that such proceeds are applied only to authorized purposes. The Board shall establish, and may revise, requirements regarding the composition, duties, funding, and other necessary information regarding the Committee’s operation and shall have the option to combine the Committee with any other existing bond or parcel tax oversight committee.

 

H. Protection of Funding

 

Current law forbids any decrease in State or federal funding to the District resulting

from the adoption of a qualified special tax. However, if any such funding is reduced or affected because of the adoption of this local funding measure, then the Board may reduce the amount of the special taxes levied as necessary in order to restore such State or federal funding and/or maximize the District’s fiscal position for the benefit of the educational program. As a result, whether directly or indirectly, no funding from this measure may be taken away by the State or federal governments.

 

I. Severability

The Board hereby declares, and the voters by approving this Measure concur, that every section and part of this Measure has independent value, and the Board and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof. Upon approval of this Measure by the voters, should any part of the Measure be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts of the Measure shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 

 

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