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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

— Parcel Tax Renewal —

Distrito especial

Jefferson Union High School District
Measure E - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

21,917 votos si (74.2%)

7,639 votos no (25.8%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (75/75).
  • 190,133 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To protect quality education for all students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, by: enhancing math, science, reading and writing skills; providing career training and college preparation; providing 21st century computer instruction; attracting and retaining qualified teachers; shall Jefferson Union High School District replace its expiring education parcel tax at $60 per year for 10 years, beginning July 1, 2016 on each assessor's parcel located within the Jefferson Union High School District, with an exemption available for senior citizens, recipients of SSI for a disability and recipients of SSDI benefits if below a certain yearly income level, and to implement fiscal accountability measures in conjunction with the temporary levy, which will benefit all of the District's high school?

Análisis del analista legislativo / 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 Jefferson High School District (the "District") currently has a parcel tax approved in 2012 that imposes $48 in taxes per taxable parcel per year. The 2012 tax expires on June 30, 2016. By this measure, the District's Board of Trustees proposes to renew and increase this tax beginning July 1, 2016. If this measure is approved, the current $48 tax would be replaced after June 30, 2016, for a period of ten years, with a new tax of $60 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 wyho owns and occupies a parcel as their principal residence may apply for an exemption to the tax if they also: 1) are age 65 years or older; 2) receive Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or 3) receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and have an annual income less than 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines. Property otherwise exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from this tax.

The stated purpose of the parcel tax are to: support math, science, reading, and writing; support art, music, and electives; retain qualified teachers; support computer and technology instruction; provide college preparation; and maintain programs to support struggling students. No proceeds from the tax may be spent on District administration.

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 or programs funded by the tax be filed with the Board of Trustees.

A "yes" vote on this measure would increase the current tax to a total rate of $60 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of ten years beginning July 1, 2016, 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 $48 to expire on June 30, 2016.

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

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote Yes on E to prepare local high school students in Daly City, Pacifica, Brisbane, Colma, and Broadmoor for college and high-paying careers.

Jefferson Union High Schools provide a great education for students in our communities. Student achievement and test scores have increased significantly in recent years and three of our local high schools are California Distinguished Schools. Our schools need a stable source of funding to continue strong student achievement.

Our community generously supported students through voter-approved local education funding in 2012, which retains our highly qualified teachers and protects academic programs.

We can't rely on the State to provide the quality education that our local high school students need. That is why your YES vote on Measure E is critical.

Every penny of Measure E will go straight to our local high schools and cannot be taken away by the State.

Vote YES on E to prepare local high school graduates for success:

 * Enhance math, science, reading, and writing programs

 * Attract and retain qualified teachers

 * Prepare students for college and high tech, 21st century careers

 * Support educationally at-risk students to keep them on the right track

Measure E is fiscally responsible.

 * All funds go directly to local high schools - the State can't take a single penny

 * Citizen oversight and annual audits ensure all funds are used for voter-approved purposes

 * No funds can be used for administrators' salaries

 * Senior citizens may receive an exemption

 * Expires in four years and cannot be renwed without voter approval

Measure E will continue great education in local high schools, keeping our schools strong and protecting property values for all of us, even residents without children in school. Join us and vote YES on Measure E.

/s/ Jean E. Brink, Retired JUHSD Board Member

/s/ Thomas A. Nuris, Former JUHSD Trustee

/s/ Sergio Robledo, Teacher

/s/ Perla Ibarrentes, Daly City Personnel Commissioner

/s/ Rebecca Douglass, President, Oceana PTSO 

Argumento EN CONTRA

This latest tax increase from Jefferson Union High School District tries to use the state budget crisis to grab unearned money. The district wants to increase and "extend" (read: increase) the 2012 parcel tax of $48/year for another 10 years, and hike it to $60 per year - just when we thought its expiration would give our family budgets a boost.

Besides the fact that enrollment is decling, has the district earned this extension that will cost our households another $600 each?

Let's look at student test scores:

      2012-13 English results:              56% met proficiency

      2012-13 Mathematics:                 25% met proficiency

      2012-13 Science:                        55% met proficiency

      2012-13 History:                         51% met proficiency

    (Source: Education Data Partnership, www.Ed-Data.k12.ca.us)

If you got 25-56% of the answers right on a test, that would be a failing grade, would it not?

Should we, the voters, reward a 44-75% failure rate?

If you answered "no," we encourage you to vote No on Measure E.

The average expense per student statewide is $10,194 per year, versus Jefferson Union High School District's $10,374 or 102% of the statewide average. 

Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

Most school districts' parcel tax measures state, "none of the funds will be used for administration." But that wording is missing from Measure E. That means funds WILL be used for administration expenses without limits.

Here is the latest salary information for the district:

  2014-15: Average teacher salary = $65,619 plus hefty benefits

Their "family plan" benefits package costs us $17,504 per teacher per year while they work an average of only 180 days a year.

Tell Jefferson Union High School District to be financially responsible by voting NO on Measure E

For more information, please visit: www.SVTaxpayers.org/2016-jefferson-union-school-parcel tax

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

This latest tax increase from Jefferson Union High School District tries to use the state budget crisis to grab unearned money. The district wants to increase and "extend" (read: increase) the 2012 parcel tax of $48/year for another 10 years, and hike it to $60 per year - just when we thought its expiration would give our family budgets a boost.

Besides the fact that enrollment is decling, has the district earned this extension that will cost our households another $600 each?

Let's look at student test scores:

 2012-13 English results:              56% met proficiency

      2012-13 Mathematics:                 25% met proficiency

      2012-13 Science:                        55% met proficiency

      2012-13 History:                         51% met proficiency

 (Source: Education Data Partnership, www.Ed-Data.k12.ca.us)

If you got 25-56% of the answers right on a test, that would be a failing grade, would it not?

Should we, the voters, reward a 44-75% failure rate?

If you answered "no," we encourage you to vote No on Measure E.

The average expense per student statewide is $10,194 per year, versus Jefferson Union High School District's $10,374 or 102% of the 

statewide average. 

Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

 

Most school districts' parcel tax measures state, "none of the funds will be used for administration." But that wording is missing from Measure E. That means funds WILL be used for administration expenses without limits.

Here is the latest salary information for the district:

  2014-15: Average teacher salary = $65,619 plus hefty benefits

Their "family plan" benefits package costs us $17,504 per teacher per year while they work an average of only 180 days a year.

Tell Jefferson Union High School District to be financially responsible by voting NO on Measure E

For more information, please visit: www.SVTaxpayers.org/2016-jefferson-union-school-parcel tax

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Voters should know that the author of the argument against Measure E is a high ranking Libertarian Party official who doesn't even live in San Mateo County, much less our high school district. Maybe that's why he doesn't understand how deeply the citizens of our communities believe in education.

Measure E will allow us to continue the job of preparing our students at Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Thornton, Westmoor, Shasta, and Adult-Ed High Schools for success both as students and citizens. Here's how:

 * Measure E means better education. Measure E will allow for continuing enhancement of programs in math, science, reading, and writing.

 * Measure E means college and high-tech careers. Funds from Measure E will give students increased opportunities to attend college and train for high-tech careers.

 * Measure E means quality teaching. Measure E will continue to allow our high schools to attract and retain quality teachers.

 * Measure E means taxpayer savings. Measure E funds go directly to the classroom, not to make payments to contractors or bond interest.

 * Measure E means fiscal responsibility. All spending of Measure E will be subject to independent citizen oversight and annual audits.

 * Measure E means local control. By law, all Measure E dollars must be spent locally. Not one dollar can be taken by the State and used elsewhere.

If we want our students to excel and compete for the jobs of tomorrow, they need more than just an average education. They need an Excellent Education.

Vote YES on Measure E!

/s/ Rosie U. Tejada, President, Jefferson Union High School District Board of Trustees

/s/ Joel Bruxvoort, Science Teacher, Jefferson High School

/s/ Clayton Koo, Terra Nova School Graduate, 2007

/s/ Paula Teixeira (Toland), Parent of JUHSD Grad

/s/ Dennis Mejia, Small Business Owner 

Legislación propuesta

htpps://www.shapethefuture.org/elections/2016/june/candidates_measures/documents/JeffersonUnionHighSchoolDistrict.pdf 

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