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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

— Parcel Tax —

Distrito especial

San Mateo-Foster City School District
Measure V - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

33,875 votos si (67.88%)

16,030 votos no (32.12%)

To provide necessary funding that cannot be taken by the State, attract/retain excellent teachers, enhance math, science, technology, reading/writing programs, support art/drama/music, shall San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District's measure levying a nine year $298, as adjusted, per parcel education tax, raising $10 million annually, exemptions for seniors, no funds for administrators' salaries/independent citizen oversight ensuring accountability and that funds are spent as promised in Foster City/San Mateo classrooms be adopted?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

State law authorizes school districts to levy qualified special parcel taxes for specified purposes if approved at an election by two-thirds (2/3) of those voting on the tax measure.

By this measure, the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District ("District") proposes a special tax on parcels in the District to raise funds to support various educational purposes outlined below. If the measure is approved, an annual tax of $298 per parcel adjusted annually for inflation would be imposed for a period of 9 years beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2028. The District estimates the tax would raise $10 million annually.

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. Under the measure, contiguous parcels used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes held under indentical ownership may be treated as a parcel for the purposes of the proposed tax. 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 Insurance 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 the tax under this measure are to:

 * attract and retain excellent teachers and staff;

 * provide outstanding reading, writing, math, and science programs;

 * improve programs, including science, technology, engineering, and math; and

 * support art, drama, and music programs.

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

No proceeds may be spent on administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions.

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the tax. Accordingly, the District will direct that the proceeds are deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, and file annual reports accounting for the proceeds.

The 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 of the tax levied as necessary to restore the funding. If necessary, the District's appropriations limit will be increased annually 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 $298 per year taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of 9 years beginning July 1, 2019, for the purposes listed above.

A "no" vote on this measure would not allow the parcel tax to be levied.

This measure passes if two-thirds (2/3) of those voting on the measure vote "yes."

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote Yes on Measure V to invest in San Mateo and Foster City kids.

Measure V will help our local schools attract and retain good teachers and provide outstanding math, science, technology, reading, and writing programs for local kids.

We live in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Our teachers can't afford to stay and teach here. Teachers are the most valuable asset in our schools and are vital to student success. Measure V will provide critical funding to allow our schools to attract great teachers and help them stay here.

Our school district has suffered from chronic underfunding for decades. We receiv e less money per pupil than most other schools in San Mateo County. To make matters worse, after the defeat of Measure Y last year, our schools face a dceficit of approximately $5 million. Without Measure V, the District will have to make significant cuts that will hurt students and teachers.

Measure V provides a critical, reliable source of local funding for Audubon, Baywood, Beresford, Brewer Island, College Park, Fiesta Gardens, Foster City, George Hall, Highlands, LEAD, Laurel Meadow Heights, parkside, San Mateo Park, and Sunnybrae Elementary Schools and Abbot, Borel, and Bowditch Middle Schools, Bayside Academy, and North Shoreview Montessori School.

These schools will be able to improve student outcomes by:

 * attracting and retaining excellent teachers

 * providing outstanding math, science, technology, reading, and writing programs

 * supporting art, drama, and music programs

Measure V establishes an independent citizen oversight committee, requires annual audits to ensure the money is spent as stipulated and provides protections so the funding cannot be taken away by the state or be used on administration salaries or pensions. Senior homeowners can be exempted from paying the tax.

Join parents, teachers, and business, technology, and labor leaders by voting YES on Measure V to invest in San Mateo and Foster City kids.

 

/s/ Jerry Hill, California State Senator

/s/ Audrey Ng, President, San Mateo-Foster City School Board

/s/ Daniela Relaford, Involved Parent

/s/ Marera Godfrey, Teacher Mentor SMFCSD

/s/ George Papavasilia, Owner, Sandwich Munkey 

Argumento EN CONTRA

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the San Mateo Foster City Elementary School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing quality education.

The district failed to get voter approval in 2017 for a $209.92 parcel tax and now they want an increase to $298 per year for most homeowners.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $2,682 over the next 9 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let's look at the student performances in two key subjects:

 * 2016-17 students not meeting English literacy standards: 40.1%

 * 2016-17 students not meeting Math literacy standards: 45.1%

The District rewarded parents and taxpayers for the passage of the 2010 parcel tax by increasing the number of students who failed to meet english & Math standards.

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

Should you, the voters, reward the district for dropping scores in 2 key subjects?

If no, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure V.

The School District is spending $11,358 per student per year (ADA) with a student/teacher ratio of 21 to 1. That's $238,518 per classroom per year. Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says that none of the funds can be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really just an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

Tell the School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting No on Measure V.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

Just say NO to Measure V.

For more information, please visit us at: http://www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-sanmateo-measure-v

 

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

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the San Mateo Foster City Elementary School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing quality education.

The district failed to get voter approval in 2017 for a $209.92 parcel tax and now they want an increase to $298 per year for most homeowners.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $2,682 over the next 9 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let's look at the student performances in two key subjects:

 * 2016-17 students not meeting English literacy standards: 40.1%

 * 2016-17 students not meeting Math literacy standards: 45.1%

The District rewarded parents and taxpayers for the passage of the 2010 parcel tax by increasing the number of students who failed to meet english & Math standards.

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

Should you, the voters, reward the district for dropping scores in 2 key subjects?

If no, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure V.

The School District is spending $11,358 per student per year (ADA) with a student/teacher ratio of 21 to 1. That's $238,518 per classroom per year. Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says that none of the funds can be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really just an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

Tell the School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting No on Measure V.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

Just say NO to Measure V.

For more information, please visit us at: http://www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-sanmateo-measure-v

 

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

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Don't be fooled by an outsider, anti-tax group who doesn't know our schools or care about our students.

Yes on V is critical to provide a reliable source of funding for our schools. The San Mateo-Foster City School District receives less money per pupil than most other schools in San Mateo County and faces a $5 million budget deficit.

Without this measure, our district will have to make signifcant cuts at the expense of our kids' learning outcomes and their future.

The San Mateo-Foster City School District provides local students of diverse needs with a quality education. However, the high cost of living has forced many teachers to leave our schools. To provide our kids with the outstanding education they deserve, we need to pay our teachers a better wage.

Yes on V will help our local schools attract and retain great teachers and provide outstanding school programs for local kids.

Yes on V will protect our property values by maintaining our quality schools, desirable neighborhoods, and virbrant community.

Yes on V funds local schools only. The State cannot take one penny of Yes on V funds. Yes on V funds can't be used for administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions.

Yes on V is fiscally accountable with annual audits, an independent citizens' oversight committee, and continued exemptions for seniors 65+/

Join our coalition of parents, teachers, business, and civic leaders, realtors, and all of San Mateo-Foster City's school board in voting Yes on V.

InvestinSMFCDKids.com 

 

/s/ Rick Bonilla, Mayor of San Mateo

/s/ Art Kiesel, Former Mayor of Foster City

/s/ Shara Watkins, Vice President, San Mateo-Foster City School Board

/s/ Colleen Sullivan, President, SMFC Education Foundation

/s/ Jan Shorago, 38 years Taxpayer, City of Foster City 

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