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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

Scotts Valley Unified School District
Measure A - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

6,815 votos si (70.69%)

2,826 votos no (29.31%)

Parcel Tax
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To maintain quality core educational programs, prevent cuts in math, science, technology, reading, and the arts, attract and retain highly qualified teachers and counselors, and keep up with technology, shall "Scotts Valley Unified School District" levy an annual education parcel tax of $108 per parcel for five years, with independent community oversight, no funds for administrator salaries, pensions or benefits, senior and disabled exemptions, raising $820,000 annually in funding for "Scotts Valley Unified School District" that can't be taken away by the State?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Dana McRae, County Counsel

If this measure is approved by at least two-thirds of those voting on it, the Scotts Valley Unified School District (the “School District”) will be authorized to levy a special tax on real property.  The tax would be imposed for five years beginning July 1, 2019, at the rate of $108.00 per year on each parcel within the School District.

 

The proceeds of the special tax, if approved, may be applied only to the purposes stated in the full text of the ballot proposition and ballot question and not for any other purpose, such as administrators’ salaries, pensions or benefits.

 

In accordance with State law, the School District would carry out accountability measures.  It would create a special account into which the proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited.  An annual report would show the amount of the special taxes which have been collected and expended, and the status of projects to be funded from those proceeds.

 

A citizens’ oversight committee is to provide oversight concerning expenditure of the tax revenues. 

 

The special parcel tax is to be collected in the same manner, and subject to the same interest and penalties, as those property taxes which are based upon property value.

 

Property owners who are 65 years of age or older, or who are receiving Supplemental Social Security for a disability regardless of age, may obtain an exemption if the property is used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes, by applying prior to June 30 of any year to the School District. 

           

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Scotts Valley Unified School District.  

          

A “yes” vote on Measure A is a vote to approve imposition of the special parcel tax.         

A “no” vote on Measure A is a vote against imposition of the special parcel tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure A prevents teacher layoffs and deep cuts in core classroom programs, and seniors are exempt from paying.  Please vote Yes on A.

The State’s funding formulas endanger our schools.  Sacramento decisions make Scotts Valley Unified School District the 9th lowest funded (out of 344) K-12 district statewide and the lowest in Santa Cruz County.  Indeed, while every other school district in the County was able to give their teachers modest pay raises, the Scotts Valley School District had to eliminate nine teaching positions this past year.

How does Measure A save our schools?  By protecting funding for core classroom programs, retaining highly-qualified teachers and investing in technology.

YES ON A is the fiscally responsible answer.  100% of the revenue raised will remain in Scotts Valley under local control and citizen oversight.  It allows a permanent exemption for seniors and the disabled.

Measure A costs only $108 annually per parcel and expires after five years while protecting property values.  Indeed, numerous studies show that strong schools are the most reliable guarantee of healthy, desirable communities.

Voting Yes on A protects key academic programs:

  • Prevents cuts to core programs in science, technology, reading, writing, math and the arts in all grades.
  • Attracts and retains highly-qualified teachers and counselors.
  • Keeps up with technology now and in the future.

Measure A is fiscally sound:

  • 100% of funds go directly to Scotts Valley Unified Schools; the State can’t take a single penny.
  • No funds for administrators' salaries, pensions or buildings.
  • Senior citizens/the disabled can permanently exempt themselves from paying.
  • Expires in five years.
  • Independent citizen oversight ensures funds are used wisely.
  • Strong schools protect property values.

Seniors, teachers, small business owners, Democrats, Republicans- along with all members of the City Council and School Board unanimously say, Yes on A!  Please vote yes on Measure A. 

www.SOSSV.net

Jim Reed
Mayor, City of Scotts Valley

Derek Timm
President-Scotts Valley Educational Foundation, Small Business Owner

Sylvia Lee
Senior Citizen Advocate, President-Scotts Valley Friends of the Public Library, Retired Public School Teacher

Dave Hodgin
President-Scotts Valley Senior Life Association, Scotts Valley Water District Board Member, Small Business Owner

Jennifer Hardwick
Small Business Owner, Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year

Argumento EN CONTRA

No Argument Againt Measure A was filed.

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

To maintain quality core educational programs and prevent cuts in skills in reading and writing, programs in mathematics, sciences, technology and the arts, attract and retain highly qualified teachers and counselors, and keep up with technology now and in the future, the Scotts Valley Unified School District (the "District") proposes to establish an education parcel tax measure for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2019 at the rate of $108 per year, on each assessor's parcel located within the Scotts Valley Unified School District, with an exemption available for senior citizens and any person receiving

Supplemental Social Security Income ("SSI Exemption") for a disability, with no funds for administrator salaries, pensions or benefits, raising $820,000 annually in funding for Scotts Valley Unified School District that can't be taken away by the State and to implement accountability measures that are over and above those required by law, including the appointment of an independent citizen oversight committee to provide oversight and accountability to ensure the funds are used for:

  • Maintaining reading and writing skills in all grades;
  • Maintaining programs in mathematics, sciences, technology and the arts in all grades;
  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers and counselors; and
  • Keeping up with technology needs now and in the future.

AMOUNT OF EDUCATION PARCEL TAX; PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT

The education parcel tax shall be $108 per year for five (5) full years assessed against each parcel.

The proceeds of the education parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.

DEFINITION OF "PARCEL"

For purposes of the special tax, the term "parcel" of taxable real property means any unit of real property which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Scotts Valley Unified School District that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Santa Cruz County Assessor/Tax Collector. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the education parcel tax in such year.

EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS AND SSI RECIPIENTS

Pursuant to the California Government Code Section 50079 (b), any owners of a parcel who are 65 years of age or older or any person receiving Supplemental Social Security Income ("SSI") for a disability regardless of age, of a parcel used solely for owner­ occupied, single-family residential purposes, may obtain an exemption from the levy of the education parcel tax by submitting an application of such owners or persons by June 30 of any year of the measure to the District. Unless the ownership of the property is legally transferred, said exemptions shall remain in effect over the life of the measure unless voluntarily rescinded in writing by the owner.

With respect to all general property tax matter s within its jurisdiction, the Santa Cruz County Assessor/Tax Collector, or other appropriate County tax officials 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 education parcel tax, including the senior citizen and SSI exemption for a disability and the classification of property for purposes of calculating the tax, the decisions of an administrative panel established by the District Board shall be advisory only. Said administrative appeal panel shall be composed of three (3) members who serve two-year terms, without compensation. Panel members shall be appointed by majority vote of the Board and include the following persons residing within the District:

  1. One member who is a taxpayer in the District and active in a service organization operating within the District;
  2. One member who is a taxpayer in the District and active in a senior citizens organization; and
  3. One member who is a taxpayer in the District and not a member of either (a) or (b).

No employee or official of the District may be appointed to the panel; however, the District Superintendent shall assign a paid District employee to provide support to the committee. Meetings of the panel shall be open to the public, with notice provided in the same manner as for meetings of the District's Board. The panel shall issue timely written reports of its determinations to the Board of Trustees and its proceedings and reports shall be available to the public, including availability to the public via the internet.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

In accordance with the requirements of California Government Code sections 50075.1 and 50075.3, the following accountability measures, among others, shall apply to the education parcel tax levied in accordance with this Measure: (a) the specific purposes of the education parcel tax shall be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the education parcel tax shall be applied only to those specific purposes identified above; (c) a separate, special account shall be created into which the proceeds of the education parcel tax must be deposited ; and (d) an annual written report shall be made to the District's Board showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the education parcel tax and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the education parcel tax, as identified above; and (e) the district shall appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee to review the expenditures of the education parcel tax.

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