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Special District

Pittsburg Unified School District
Measure S Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

11,292 votes yes (67.97%)

5,321 votes no (32.03%)

100% of precincts reporting (28/28).

18,758 ballots counted.

To provide a stable, local funding source for art, music and athletic essential program equipment and materials, to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff, to enhance and expand access to art, music and athletic programs, shall Pittsburg Unified School District levy an annual tax of $91 per taxable parcel (approximately $1,200,000) for seven years, beginning 7/1/2017 with an annual inflation adjustment of $6, with citizen oversight and senior citizen, SSI and SSDI exemptions?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

   A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the parcel tax for a seven-year period of time.

NO vote means

   A “No” vote is a vote against authorizing the parcel tax for a seven-year period of time.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel: http://www.cocovote.us/current-election/measure-spittsburg-unified-school-district/

   The governing board of the Pittsburg Unified School District has adopted a resolution proposing a parcel tax (a qualified special tax).

      This ballot measure asks voters to decide whether a parcel tax should be imposed on parcels of taxable real property within the District for seven years, beginning July 1, 2017. The proposed tax would expire June 30, 2024.

     The tax would apply to each parcel of taxable real property in the District. The annual tax would be $91 per taxable parcel. A parcel of taxable real property is any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes from the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. The tax would be adjusted annually, commencing July 1, 2018, to account for the impact of inflation as determined by District’s Board of Education, to an amount limited to $6 per year. A parcel otherwise exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from the imposition of the parcel tax.

     The ballot measure includes certain exemptions. Upon proper application to the District, the District may exempt any parcel from the parcel tax that is (1) owned and occupied as a principal residence by a person 65 years of age or older; (2) owned and occupied as a principal residence by a person receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability; or (3) owned and occupied as a principal residence by a person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

     The ballot measure states that the proceeds of the parcel tax will be used to provide “a stable, local funding source for art, music and athletic essential program equipment and materials, to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff, [and] to enhance and expand access to art, music and athletic programs.” Proceeds from the parcel tax may be used only for the specific purposes set forth in the ballot measure and according to constitutional and statutory provisions.

     State law requires the District’s chief fiscal officer to file an annual report with the District’s Board of Education that states the amounts of funds received and expended in each year and the status of any projects required or authorized to be funded from the parcel tax proceeds. The proceeds from the parcel tax will be deposited into a District account that will be kept separate from other District accounts. Parcel tax funds will be the subject of an annual independent financial audit, which shall be made public.

     Two-thirds of those voting on the ballot measure must approve the measure for it to pass.

     A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the parcel tax for a seven-year period of time.

     A “No” vote is a vote against authorizing the parcel tax for a seven-year period of time.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Approval of Measure S will renew a local school parcel tax first approved by voters in 2008. Renewal will continue to provide the Pittsburg Unified School District with stable, reliable funding that cannot be disrupted or seized by the state.

Measure S will provide funds to:

  • Develop a comprehensive art and music program for all students
  • Maintain a dedicated local funding source for athletics
  • Attract and retain high quality teachers and staff.

As in the past, senior citizens 65 years or older and the disabled who own and reside in their homes can choose to be exempt from this tax. Anyone currently exempt will continue to be exempt if Measure S is approved by voters. Measure S also offers an exemption to homeowners who are on SSI or SSDI.

No Measure S funds will be spent on district administration.

There is also accountability built into Measure S. An Independent Citizens Oversight Committee will review all Measure S expenditures. This committee of local residents will make sure that all funds are spent for the benefit of local students.

Pittsburg Schools are among the best in the county because of community support. By continuing the local investment in our schools, we can maintain our award winning programs that are so necessary today. We have great support from our community who expect excellence in our schools and classrooms. Great schools make for great communities.

Quality schools and classrooms protect and enhance our property values and support our students. Measure S’s investment in our schools is a great way to protect and preserve our property values. We owe this and future generations of students the best schools we can provide.

Please join us and vote Yes on Measure S.

Rose Mary Tumbaga, PACF Director of Arts Literacy & Edu.
Federal D Glover, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor
Jim Craft, Executive Director – STS Academy
Edward Eddie Hart, President Eddie Hart All In One Foundation
Salvatore N. Evola, Pittsburg City Councilmember

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Arguments AGAINST

None Filed.

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

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