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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Elementary Education Improvement and Student Achievement Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Redwood City School District
Measure U - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

30,053 votes yes (79.8%)

7,602 votes no (20.2%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (83/83).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

To maintain quality education for local elementary and middle school students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support arts and music programs; shall the Redwood City Elementary School District renew its educational parcel tax at $85, providing $1,900,000 annually for 14 years, exempting seniors, with independent citizen oversight, annual reports to the community, no money for administrators and all money benefitting local 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.

The Redwood City School District (the "District") currently has a parcel tax approved in 2012 that imposes $67 in taxes per taxable parcel per year. The 2012 tax expires in June 2017. By this measure, the District's Governing Board proposes to renew and increase this tax beginning July 1, 2017. If this measure is approved, the current tax would continue after June 30, 2017 for a period of fourteen years, at a new rate of $85 per parcel annually on taxable parcels in the District.

The proposed tax applies to any unit of land in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from San Mateo County tax collection officials. However, any individual who owns and occupies a parcel in the District as a principal residence may apply for an exemption from the tax if the person: 1) is at least 65 years old; 2) receives Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or 3) receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose annual income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines. Public property otherwise exempt from property taxes would also be exempt from this tax.

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to: improve local elementary and middle school education for all students; enhance math, science, reading, and writing skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; enhance quality arts and music programs; update classroom computers and instructional technology; and support school libraries. Revenues from the tax may be used only for these purposes and no proceeds from the tax may be spent on administrative salaries. 

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 orp rograms funded by the tax be filed with the District's Governing Board. The tax will be decreased if any state or federal funding or increase in such funding is put in jeopardy based on the existence of the tax. The District's appropriations limit shall be increased annually if necessary to ensure the revenue from the tax may be spent for the list purposes.

A ""yes" vote on this measure would renew and increase the current tax at a new rate of $85 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of fourteen years beginning July 1, 2017, for the purposes listed above.

A "no" vote on this measure would not allow the parcel tax to be levied, allowing the current tax of $67 to expire in June 2017.

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

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on U to renew local funding for local schools to support the continued success of local students. Measure U stays here in our community to support our schools - the state can't take a single penny.

Student achievement has increased substantially in recent years, yet our community's elementary and middle schools remain among the lowest funded in San Mateo County. We need Measure U to ensure that local children have equal access to the same quality education as students in neighboring communities.

Measure U renews locally controlled funding that our schools have relied on since 2012 to support strong and innovative educational programs that enable student success. Without Measure U, this funding will expire.

Award-winning elementary and middle school teachers are also integral to local student success. Voting Yes on U helps our schools continue to attract and retain the best teachers by providing them with the resources needed to help our students excel.

Measure U is focused on student success:

 * enhances math, science, reading, and writing skills in local classrooms

 * attracts and retains qualified teachers

 * enhances quality arts and music programs

 * updates classroom computers and instructional technology

Every penny supports local elementary and middle schools

 * Every penny of Measure U benefits local elementary and middle schools and cannot be taken away by the State

 * No funds can be used for administrators' salaries

 * Independent citizens' oversight ensures funds are spent as promised

 * Senior citizens are eligible for an exemption

 * Measure U expires in 14 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval

All students deserve equal access to a quality education. Please join us in Voting Yes on Measure U.

BetterRWCSchools.org

 

/s/ Stacey Wagner, Measure W Citizen's Oversight Committee

/s/ Alicia Aguirre, Redwood City Council Member

/s/ Jane Taylor, Redwood City School District Parent

/s/ Brenton Britschgi, Former Mayor, Redwood City

/s/ Alyn T. Beals, 43-Year Redwood City Business Owner

 

Arguments AGAINST

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