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Special District

Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Measure MB - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


7,769 votes yes (69.25%)

3,449 votes no (30.75%)

100% of precincts reporting (22/22).

To maintain quality education, keep Manhattan Beach schools among California's best, offset severe state funding shortfalls and provide $2,650,000 annually the state cannot take away, to: Attract and retain high-quality teachers; Maintain manageable class sizes; Protect quality math, science, reading, art/music programs, shall Manhattan Beach Unified School District levy $225 per parcel annually, expiring in six years, with senior exemptions, independent oversight/audits, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure MB (“Measure”) would authorize the Governing Board (“Board”) of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (“District”), which called for placement of the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 2018-8, to propose a special parcel tax (“Tax”) of $225 per parcel per year on taxable real property. The Tax, if approved, will be levied annually, beginning July 1, 2018, and continue for a period of no more than six (6) years.

Proceeds from the Tax shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, funding core programs in math, science, reading, writing, language, social studies, technology, engineering, art, music, and athletics; maintaining manageable class sizes; providing funding for local schools, independent from State funds; preserving educational standards; and attracting and retaining teachers. No proceeds from this Tax can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits.

All property that is otherwise exempt from ad valorem property taxes shall also be exempt from the Tax in such year. In addition, any owner of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes, and is either, (1) 65 years or older before June 30 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the Tax would apply; or (2) receives Supplemental Security Income for disability, regardless of age; or (3) receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose annual income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines, may obtain an exemption, by applying to the District. Deadlines to apply for exemption from the Tax are outlined in the Measure. The District’s decisions regarding the Tax, including exemptions and classifications, shall be final and binding.

As required by law, an annual written report shall be made to the Board, showing the amount of the funds collected and expended and the status of the projects funded by the Tax. The District will establish an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, to oversee expenditures of Tax revenues. A proposed annual plan must be developed, by District staff, in consultation with the Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Tax proceeds shall be deposited in a separate, special account.

The Tax shall be collected by the County Tax Collector based on parcel location, at the same time, in the same manner, and subject to the same penalties applicable to ad valorem property taxes. Any unpaid Tax shall bear interest at the same rate as for unpaid ad valorem property taxes until paid.

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

YES on MB will keep Manhattan Beach schools among the best in California and the nation.

Our outstanding teachers and academic programs prepare students for top colleges and careers, with 95% of Manhattan Beach Unified School District students going on to college or post-secondary training.

With student test scores in the top 1% in the State, many families are drawn to Manhattan Beach for our top-ranked public schools, fueling strong demand for homes and protecting our property values.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our strong schools and property values is a wise investment.

We cannot count on Sacramento for adequate school funding. Out of all K-12 school districts in California, Manhattan Beach USD receives the second lowest amount of state funding - nearly $2,000 less per student annually than the state average.

Additionally, among the top school districts in the State, Manhattan Beach is one of the few that does not receive locally-controlled funding from a voter-approved school parcel tax - meaning our available funding is as much as $5,000 less per student each year compared to high performing districts like San Marino, Palo Alto and Santa Monica-Malibu USD.

Measure MB provides local education funding the state cannot take away, allowing Manhattan Beach schools to:
- Retain high-quality teachers and maintain manageable class sizes
- Protect quality math, science, reading, social studies, art/music
- Preserve advanced programs in science, technology, engineering and math
- Prepare students for top colleges and careers

Measure MB requires strict fiscal accountability, including:
- Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and mandatory audits
- No funds used for administrator salaries/pensions
- By law, every penny must stay local and cannot be taken by the State
- Senior citizens are eligible for full exemption and do not pay

Please join Manhattan Beach respected leaders in voting YES on MB to keep our schools among the best!

Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem and MBUSD Alumnus

Manhattan Beach PTA Council President

Manhattan Beach Hotel and Restaurant Owner, 17-Year Resident

Former Mayor City of Manhattan Beach and Lifelong Resident

Older Adult Representative to Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission and Former MBUSD Teacher

Arguments AGAINST


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