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Special District

Buellton Union Elementary School District
Measure A2018 - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


1,592 votes yes (60.76%)

1,028 votes no (39.24%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

To improve the quality of education; bring back the music program; enhance academic programs in science, technology, engineering, math and arts; increase student access to computers and technology; and maintain small class sizes; shall Buellton Union School District be authorized to levy $99 per parcel annually for eight years raising approximately $250,000/year, provide a senior citizens' exemption, have an independent citizens' oversight committee, with no funds for administrators' salaries, and require all funds to be spent locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Santa Barbara County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Buellton Union School District (District), which is the governing board of the District.

If approved by 2/3 of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the District to levy a parcel tax in the amount of $99 per parcel in the District. According to the measure, the parcel tax would be used for the following purposes:

  • Improve academic programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics;
  • Bring back the music program through grade 8;
  • Maintain small class sizes;
  • Increase student access to 21st century technology to improve student learning;
  • Preserve reading intervention programs for at-risk students; and
  • Expand student health/wellness programs for all students.

The measure provides that the parcel tax shall be levied commencing July 1, 2019, and shall be collected by the Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time as and along with, and shall be subject to the same penalties as, general ad valorem taxes collected by the Treasurer-Tax Collector. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District. The tax would be levied annually for a period of 8 years.

The measure provides for the following exemptions from the parcel taxes:

       A.  Otherwise Exempt Property. All property that would otherwise be exempt from property taxes shall also be exempt from the parcel tax.

       B.  Senior Citizen Exemption. An exemption shall be available to persons who are 65 years or older and own and occupy as a principal residence a parcel subject to the parcel tax.

       C.  Supplemental Security Income Exemption. An exemption shall be available to persons who receive Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) for a disability regardless of age, and own and occupy as a principal residence a parcel subject to the parcel tax.

The parcel tax measure includes the following accountability requirements:

       A.  A statement indicating the specific purposes of the special tax.

       B.  A requirement that the proceeds from the parcel tax be used only for the above purposes.

       C.  A separate, special account shall be created into which the proceeds of the special parcel taxes must be deposited.

       D.  An annual written report shall be made by the District’s chief financial officer to the Board of Trustees of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the special taxes and (ii) the status of any projects, programs, or purposes required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the parcel tax.

The ballot measure also states that the District will have an independent citizens’ oversight committee.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni
County Counsel
July 26, 2018

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure A2018. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at 1-800-722-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

A YES on Measure A benefits our students at Oak Valley Elementary and Jonata Middle Schools, and the entire community of Buellton. Our schools are the jewels of our community, earning awards such as California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon recognition! In addition to providing a high-quality education to our youth, the schools provide space for youth activities and community organizations.

The proposed measure would assess each parcel in the Buellton Union School District at $99/year for eight (8) years to support lower class sizes in primary grades, a robust music program, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) instruction, and enhanced student support.

Schools provide more than just educational basics. Buellton USD, like most California districts, is experiencing rising costs with little increase in revenue. The district’s limited budget continues to be strained despite conservative management and has resulted in important programs being reduced or eliminated. California is the world’s sixth largest economy, yet we rank near the bottom of every indicator of education funding and staffing, even in the high-performing Buellton Union School District.

Measure A2018 enables the community of Buellton to provide support for its own exemplary schools. A YES vote on Measure A makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. By law, all parcel tax funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. Spending will be annually audited by an independent citizen’s oversight committee. Measure A also provides for an exemption for a parcel owned and occupied by a person 65+ years of age or with a disability. Our schools are central to the family-friendly community of Buellton, and Measure A is crucial to maintaining this level of excellence.

Please support our schools by voting YES on Measure A: an A+ for Buellton Schools!

Great Schools = Great Neighborhoods
YES on Measure A!

The undersigned author(s) of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure A2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the Buellton Union School District to be held on November, 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Michael Baker      August 1, 2018
Citizen and parent

/s/ Debbie Goldsmith       August 1, 2018
President on behalf of Buellton Education Association                                 



— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

             MEASURE A2018.

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at

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