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Special District

Shoreline Unified School District
Measure L Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


2,734 votes yes (78.7%)

742 votes no (21.3%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

3,905 ballots counted.

To ensure quality education in local schools with stable local funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall Shoreline Unified School District's measure to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math programs; maintain art and music programs; provide specialized reading and writing programs, and attract and retain qualified teachers; be adopted, renewing the current $212 per parcel rate without any increase, raising $1,000,000 annually, for 8 years, with senior exemptions, independent oversight, and all funds benefiting local students?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure L will authorize the District to renew the education parcel tax.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure L will not authorize the District to renew the tax.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Marin and Sonoma County Counsels

County Counsels’ Impartial Analysis of Measure L

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Shoreline Unified School District.

If this Measure is approved by two-thirds of the votes cast on this special tax proposal, the expiring parcel tax of Shoreline Unified School District will be renewed for a period of eight years (from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2029) at the same amount of $212.00 per year per assessor’s parcel. The estimated revenue from the tax is approximately $1 million dollars annually.

An exemption from this special tax may be granted on any parcel owned by one or more persons who is occupying said parcel as her/his principal place of residence and is: (1) 65 years of age prior to the tax year; (2) receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability regardless of age; or (3) receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits regardless of age and meets specific income guidelines from the federal government.

The Measure provides for independent citizen oversight. The stated purposes of this proposed tax are to enhance science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for students; maintain art and music programs; provide specialized reading and writing programs; attract and retain qualified teachers; and otherwise protect and improve the education provided to students. Funds may be used for services related to the impact of COVID-19, including the social and emotional health of students, as well as classroom technology upgrades, minor repairs, and small facilities improvements. No funds will be spent on administrative salaries or benefits. Priorities for expenditures of funds will be determined by the Board of Trustees for the Shoreline Unified School District.

Pursuant to the California Constitution Article XIII B and applicable laws, the appropriations limit for the District will be adjusted periodically by the aggregate sum collected by levy of this qualified special tax.

s/ Brian E. Washington
Marin County Counsel

s/ Bruce D. Goldstein
Sonoma County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Arguments and rebuttals are the opinions of the authors. They are printed exactly as submitted, including errors.

Argument in Favor of Measure L

At Shoreline Unified School District, we are proud of the education we provide and the values we share with our students, even in these current times of crisis. We are proud of all the communities we serve, up and down our beautiful part of the California coast. And we are proud of the partnership we have built and sustained with the greater community over the past many decades ̶ all our children are better for it! Thank you!

However, our existing local funding measure will expire next year. Renewal of this funding would preserve the educational programs we provide and avoid cuts to our operating budget in these already challenging times ̶ vote Yes on Measure “L”!

Vote Yes on Measure “L” for Shoreline schools!

Yes on “L” will enhance science, technology, engineering and math opportunities.

Yes on “L” will maintain art and music programs.

Yes on “L” will provide specialized reading and writing programs.

Yes on “L” will attract and retain qualified teachers.

Yes on “L” will otherwise protect and improve the education we provide to Shoreline students.

That said, we understand the impact of the pandemic on everyone, so Measure “L” Only extends the existing funding measure Without Any Increase. Additionally, Measure “L” has new exemptions for those most impacted by COVID.

And Shoreline Unified School District is committed to continuing to do this the right way and taxpayer safeguards are in place. Measure “L” includes:

Every penny Must be spent to benefit Shoreline schools and students and Cannot be taken away by the State; No money for administrators’ salaries; Exemptions for those that need it most (i.e. seniors and persons with disabilities); and, a required independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Measure “L” will maintain the existing partnership between Shoreline schools and the greater community, and allow us to continue providing the quality education all our children deserve.

Vote Yes on Measure “L”!

s/ Dennis J. Rodori
Marin County Supervisor

s/ Donald F. Armstrong

s/ Carolyn Connors
Bodega Bay Resident 

s/ Jolynn McClelland
Dairy Farmer/School Parent

s/ Jill Sartori, President Board of Trustees

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against Measure L

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

More information

Additional Info

Entities Remaining Neutral or Taking No Position

(Explanation for the absence of major entities from the lists of Yes or No endorsements)

The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association is taking no position on this measure.

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Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure L
Organizations (0)

Elected & Appointed Officials (2)

No on Measure L
Organizations (0)
Elected & Appointed Officials (0)

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