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

— Parcel Tax —

Distrito especial

Jefferson Union High School District
Measure Y - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

28,750 votos si (67.25%)

14,001 votos no (32.75%)

To improve school safety, protect vital educational programs and attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff, shall Jefferson Union High School District (including Jefferson, Oceana, Shasta, Terra Nova, Thornton, Westmoor, and Adult-Ed High Schools) levy $58 per parcel for 10 years (raising $2.0 million annually) with an exemption for senior citizens, independent taxpayer oversight, annual audits, and no funds used for administrative salaries or taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

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 Jefferson Union High School District ("District") proposes a special tax on parcels in the District that would raise funds to suport various educational purposes outlined below. If the measure is approved, an annual tax of $58 per parcel would be imposedfor a period of 10 years starting July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2029.  The District estimates the tax would raise $2 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. Parcels otherewise 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 alos (1) are 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. Property owners who have already qualified for an exemption under the District's current parcel tax measure approved by the voters in June 2016 are automatically exempt from the tax under this measure. 

The stated purposes of the tax under this measure are to:

 * improve classroom and school safety

 * protect vital education programs throughout the District; and

 * attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff.

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, conduct annual audits to confirm that the proceeds are spent for the specified purposes, and file annual report.

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 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 $58 per taxable parcel of property within the District for a period of 10 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

We strongly support Jefferson Union High School District's Measure Y and urge you to join us in voting YES.

Serving Brisbane, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and Pacifica, our local public high schools are critical to our children's future either by preparing them for academic success in college or providing them with the vocational and technical training required to join today's workforce.

But great schools are also critical to the economic health of our communities. These highly valuable public assets help to preserve and protect the character of our local neighborhoods and the value of our homes and businesses.

Measure Y will guarantee our schools a source of locally controlld funding that cannot be taken by the State and spent elsewhere. These funds will be used to:

 * attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff

 * protect vital educational programs

 * improve school safety

In addition, Measure Y also comes with significant built-in taxpayer protections including:

 * independent taxpayers' oversight to ensure funds are spent as promised

 * an exemption for senior citizens

 * legal requirements that all funds be spent locally

 * ironclad restricts that no funds are used to pay administrative salaries or benefits

Highly qualified teachers, strong academic programs, and local community support have made our schools strong. Your YES vote on Measure Y will let us continue the job of providing our children with a great education while protecting and improving these essential community assets.

Our local schools are the foundation of our community and must remain our number one priority. Please join us together with business leaders, teachers, parents, guardians, grandparents, and neighbors in voting YES on Measure Y. 

 

/s/ Andy Lie, JUHSD Board President

/s/ Ginny Silva Jaquith, Pacifica Community Member

/s/ Thomas Nuris, Former JUHSD Board Member

/s/ David Tejada, 55 year Daly City Resident

/s/ Ami Cowan, Retired JUHSD Employee 

Argumento EN CONTRA

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the Jefferson Union High School District claims they need a tax increase because they are "devoted to providing quality public education."

The District failed to get voter approval in the last $85 parcel tax ballot measure and now they want to try again for a more modest tax of $58 for 10 years for most homeowners.

Have they earned this tax increase that will cost you $580 over the next 10 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: 53.6%

 * 2016-17 students not meeting Math literacy standards: 63.7%

The District which spends $11,269 per student per year rewarded parents and taxpayers by increasing the number of students who failed to meet English and 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 Y.

The School District is spending $11,269 per student per year (ADA) with a student/teacher ratio of 19/1. That's $215,237 per classroom per year. Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says none of the 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 just an empty promise.  Don't be fooled.

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

If you reward failure, you just get more failure.

Just say NO to Measure Y.

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

 

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

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

With this latest "temporary parcel tax, the Jefferson Union High School District claims they need a tax increase because they are "devoted to providing quality public education..."

The district failed to get voter approval in the last $85 parcel tax ballot measure, and now they want to try again for a more modest tax of $58 per year for 10 years for most homeowners.

Have they earned this tax increase that will cost you over $580 over the next 10 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying?

Look at the student performances in two key subjects: 

  * 2016-17 students not meeting English literacy standards: 53.6%

  * 2016-17 students not meeting Math literacy standards: 63.7%

The District which spends $11,269 per student per year rewarded parents and taxpayers 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, then vote NO on Measure Y.

The School District spends $11,269 per student per year (ADA) with a student/teacher ratio of 19.1 to 1. That's $215,237 per classroom yearly. Enough funding to make teachers the best paid in California.

So why do a majority of those funds not reach the classroom?

Tell the school board to be fiscally responsible: vote NO on Measure Y.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

Just say NO to Measure Y.

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

 

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

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Voters should know the author of the Argument Against Measure Y is a former high ranking Libertarian Party official who doesn't even live in San Mateo County, much less our local high school district. Maybe that's why he doesn't understand how deeply the citizens of our community believe in education.

Measure Y will allow us to continue to job of preapring our students at Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Thornton, Westmoor, Shasta, and Adult-Ed High Schools for succ ess both as students and citizens.  Here's how:

 * Measure Y Means Better Education.  Measure Y will help preserve and protect educational programs in math, science, reading, and writing

 * Measure Y Means Quality Teaching. Measure Y will allow our high schools to attract and retain quality teachers.

 * Measure Y Means Taxpayer Savings. Measure Y funds go directly to the classroom, not to make payments to contractors or bond interest.

 * Measure Y Means Fiscal Responsbility: By law, all Measure Y dollars must be spent locally. Not one dollar can be taken by the STate and used elsewhere.

Top quality schools are essential to the health of our neighborhoods and communities. Dedicated teachers and staff, excellent academic programs, and your past support have kept our schools strong. Now is the time to guarantee this strength continues into the future. Measure Y deserves your support.

Vote Yes on Measure Y.

 

/s/ Clayton Koo, Terra Nova High School alum

/s/ Victoria Magbilang, Daly City Business Owner

/s/ Kalimah Salahuddin, Vice-President, JUHSD Board

/s/ Alyssa Jenkins, Pacifica Resident

/s/ Warren Shelby, Jefferson High School PTO 

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