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Special District

San Jose|Evergreen Community College District
Measure I - 2/3 Approval Required

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To provide locally controlled funding for community colleges to attract and retain quality faculty; provide assistance with food, housing, fees, books, transportation, and internet access so students can complete their degrees; prepare students for transfer to UC and CSU schools, and career and job training, shall San Jose-Evergreen Community College District's measure levying $18 per parcel for 9 years ($4,500,000 annually), be adopted, with citizens' oversight, and all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

James R. Williams, County Counsel

The San Jose-Evergreen Community College District ("District") Board of Trustees (''Board") has placed Measure I on the ballot to authorize an  annual parcel tax x of $18 per parcel, beginning on July 1, 202l, for nine years. According to the Measure, the parcel tax will raise approximately $4.5 million per year.

 

 

 

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to keep college affordable; prepare students and workers to transfer to four-year colleges and universities; prepare students for well-paid jobs; provide financial aid to low-income students and first generation college students; provide affordable programs to students facing insecurity and hunger; support students experiencing homelessness; provide courses to all students on ethnic and racial biases to train them to be part of culturally competent workforces; attract and retain high-quality faculty; expand mental health services and counselors; and assist with the cost of student fees and books to help students graduate on time. The tax may not be used for administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions.

 

 

 

The tax applies to any parcel of land that lies wholly or partially within the District that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector. Contiguous parcels that are used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes and are held under identical ownership may be treated as a single parcel upon approval by the District. Such parcel owners must submit applications to the District on or before June 15 of any year.

 

 

 

The District is required by law to institute additional accountability measures for the tax proceeds. These measures include: (1) using the tax proceeds only for the specific purposes described in the Measure; (2) depositing the tax proceeds into a separate account from other District funds; and (3) providing an annual written report to the Board detailing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project(s) authorized to be funded by parcel tax proceeds.

 

 

 

A ''yes" vote is a vote to approve a special tax of $18 per parcel within the District for nine (9) years.

 

 

 

A no" vote is a vote to not approve the tax.

 

 

 

If at least two-thirds of all voters casting ballots in the District vote "yes" on Measure I, the tax will be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If at least two-thirds of all voters casting ballots in the District vote "yes" on Measure I, the tax

 

will be approved.

 

 

 

James R. Williams, County Counsel

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

Do you care about equity? Equal access to opportunity? A quality, affordable education for anyone who needs it? Then vote YES on I.

 

This is the most significant election of our generation. The national discussion on how to create true pathways to success for students and people of color can succeed and become a reality right here in the South Bay – by voting YES ON I.

 

Attending a UC now costs TEN TIMES what our colleges do. Community colleges like Evergreen Valley and San Jose City Colleges are a key pathway to higher education for low-income students and students of color.

 

Many of our local students depend on our colleges for training in high-demand jobs that pay good wages, provide good benefits, and allow young people or re-entry students to move into the middle class.

 

As we face massive unemployment and a recession, it is more important than ever to invest in this critical training. Vote YES on I.

 

Your YES on I vote increases opportunities for South Bay students to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price – keeping college education affordable through the economic recovery for families relying on our colleges to save tens of thousands of dollars.

 

YES on I supports programs allowing high school students to get a jump start on earning college credit by taking college courses even before they graduate. Measure I maintains these critical programs that save families money on tuition during these tough times.

 

YES on I includes strict accountability requirements, including annual audits to ensure all funds are used as promised locally, for students in our communities.

Please join Mayor Sam Liccardo, Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Chris Norwood, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and parents and students throughout our neighborhoods on voting YES on I.

— James R. Williams, County Counsel

Arguments AGAINST

 

While many businesses are closed, most schools are closed and tens of thousands are out of work wondering if they can pay the rent/mortgage or even put food on the table, and that’s when the San Jose-Evergreen Community College School Districts decides to saddle us with a tax increase???

 

Wow, talk about when someone is down, kick them and let them know they are down!

 

With the closure of colleges’ campuses comes huge savings: electricity, HVAC, maintenance, and water usage should all be way way down.

 

Does the district really need an additional $4,500,000 for the next 9 years?

 

Let us see:

 

According the Measure X Bond Oversight Committee Annual Report dated June 30, 2019, the district has NOT spent $741,762,130 of that bond fund and has received interest form bond funds of $1,772.542.

 

·         Source: http://cboc.sjebond.com/AR1819/x_bond_overview.html

 

With the closure of the colleges’ campuses, the entire athletics department is shut down along with their associated expenses, the vocational center is shut down, no arts, no theater programs, no music events, etc. Etc. Etc.

 

The Fiscal Year 20-21 tentative budget from the June 9, 2019 report shows a $20,623,534 beginning fund balance, with revenues of $134,053,363 and expenses of $134,088,529. The delta is a mere - $35,166, not $4,500,000.

 

The district does NOT need the $18 per parcel from you!

 

Like us, you can be for schools, for students and for teachers, but against Measure I.

 

For more information: www.svtaxpayers.org

 

— James R. Williams, County Counsel
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