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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Education and Local Control Parcel Tax

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Jefferson Elementary School District
Measure T - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

19,060 votes yes (76.6%)

5,837 votes no (23.4%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (34/34).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

To maintain and enhance quality education with local funding the State cannot take away by protecting core academics in math, science, technology, reading and writing; attracting and retaining high quality teachers; supporting students struggling to read at grade level; and providing after-school/homework programs, shall Jefferson 'Elementary School District levy $68 per parcel annually, for nine years, exempting seniors, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrators and all funds for our community's elementary and middle schools?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and state law authorize school districts to levy qualified special taxes for specified purposes. Government Code Sections 50077 and 50079 provide that such a tax measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on it vote to approve the measure.

By this measure, the Board of Education of the Jefferson Elementary School District (the "District") proposes to create a special tax on parcels in the District that would raise funds to support various educational purposes outlined below. If this measure is approved, an annual tax of $68 per parcel would be imposed starting on July 1, 2017, for a period of nine years.

The proposed tax applies to any parcel of land wholly or partially in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from San Mateo County tax collection officials. Any such parcels that are contiguous, used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes, and held under identical ownership may apply to be treated as a single parcel for the purposes for this tax. Also any individual who owns and occupies a parcel for single-family residential purposes 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.

The stated purposes of the parcel are to: protect math, science, reading, technology, and writing programs; expand hands-on science learning; maintain literacy instruction for struggling students; attract, train, and retain high quality teachers; support afterschool and summer school programs; enhance art and music classes; and support school libraries. The proceeds from the tax shall only be used for these stated purposes, and no proceeds can be spent on administrators' salaries, benefits, or pensions.

State law requires that the proceeds of the parcel tax be placed in a special account and that an annual report accounting for parcel tax revenues collected and expended and the status of projects or programs funded by the tax be filed with the District's Board of Trustees. The tax will be decreased if any increase in local, state, or federal funding is put in jeopardy based on the existence of this tax. The District's appropriations limit shall be increased annually if necessary to ensure the revenue for the tax may be spent for the listed purposes.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would impose an annual tax of $68 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of nine years beginning July 1, 2017 for the purposes listed above.

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

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

Arguments FOR

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure T to retain the highly qualified teachers and protect the core academic programs that help local elementary and middle school students succeed.

Our local elementary and middle schools in the Jefferson Elementary School Dsitrict are the third lowest funded in San Mateo County. Measure T provides a dedicated source of local education funding so that all local students receive access to a top-quality education, just like children in neighboring communities.

Measure T protects the quality of academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, technology, reading, and writing - the keys to student success. It will help struggling students by maintaining and expanding literacy and after-school programs, providing all students the chance to excel.

Measure T is controlled locally to support strong education in the classroom. All funds go directly to our local schools. The state can't take away a single penny.

Vote Yes on T - Success for Every Child

 * Attract, retain, and train highly qualified teachers

 * Protect core academics in math, science, technology, reading, and writing

 * Maintain dedicated reading instruction for struggling students

 * Expand hands-on science programs

 * Keep schools safe, clean, and well maintained

 * Expand after-school and summer learning opportunities to keep students on the right track

All funds Will Support Local Students 

 * All Measure T funds will be controlled locally and cannot be taken away by the state

 * Independent citizens' oversight and annual audits are required to ensure every penny is spent as promised

 * No funds can be used to pay administrators' salaries or benefits

 * Senior citizen homeowners are eligle for an exemption

 * Measure T expires in nine years and cannot be renewed without voter approval

All students deserve a great education and equal opportunities to succeed. Your Yes vote on Measure T will support the keys to student success in our community: quality academic programs and highly qualified teachers.

/s/ Thomas A. Nuris, Daly City Business Owner

/s/ Annette J. Shreve, 47 year Broadmoor resident

/s/ Elaine Francisco, Jefferson Elementary School Teacher

/s/ Marianne Petroni, 30-year Daly City resident

/s/ Lilian Pena, Citizen Oversight Committee Member 

Arguments AGAINST

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