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Special District

Campbell Union High School District
Measure L - 2/3 Approval Required

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To ensure students receive engaging distance learning instruction that accelerates learning and can safely return to in-person school with smaller class sizes to facilitate social distancing guidelines as the pandemic subsides, shall the Campbell Union High School District measure be adopted renewing an existing $85 annual parcel tax that can be ended by voters, providing approximately $4,814,485 annually, exempting senior and qualified disabled citizens, subject to independent oversight, annual audits, and local control?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

James R. Williams, County Counsel

The Campbell Union High School District ("District")  Board of Trustees  ("Board") has placed Measure L on the ballot to authorize an annual parcel tax of $85 per parcel, beginning on July 1, 2021 and continuing on an ongoing basis unless ended  by the  voters by a  future measure.   According to the Measure, the parcel tax will raise approximately $4.8 million per year. This parcel tax would replace the existing 2013 Measure A annual parcel tax of $85 per parcel, which expires on June 30, 2021.

 

 

 

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to provide safe and clean schools; maintain or reduce class sizes; develop and improve curriculum for all students, including in-person and distance learning curriculum; develop protocols to allow students to safely return to in-person schooling; recruit and retain top talent; and teach technology skills to train students for high-demand jobs. 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. A parcel tax exemption may be obtained by the owner and occupant of a single-family residence who is either: (1) 65 years of age or older on or before June 30 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the year in which the tax would apply, or (2) receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age. Parcel owners must submit exemption applications to the District.

 

 

 

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. In addition to these requirements, if the parcel tax is approved, the Board will create and appoint members to a Citizens' Oversight Committee to oversee the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

 

 

 

A "yes" vote is a vote to approve a special tax of $85 per parcel within the District on an ongoing basis unless terminated by the voters.

 

 

 

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 L, the tax will be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Our Campbell Union High School District schools - Branham, Del Mar, Leigh, Prospect, We tmont, and Boynton - are a source of community pride. Having great local high schoois makes our community a desirable place to live.

 

 

 

Measure L does not raise taxes - it simply renews existing local school funding to maintain high-quality education. These funds cannot be taken by the State - every dollar raised will continue to be used for our local high schools. Since 2005, the funds have supported academic programs, smaller class sizes, safe and clean schools, and recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers.

 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on school district budgets. Without Measure L, the District would have to cut counselors, increase class sizes, and cut academic programs.

 

 

 

We cannot rely on the State to provide adequate funding to maintain the high-quality education our students deserve.

 

Vote Yes on L to:

 

  • ·         Ensure CUHSD can navigate the short-term challenges of COVID-19
  • ·         Continue computer and technology skills training to prepare students for high-demand jobs in high-tech, health care, and engineering
  • ·         Maintain vocational and career technical education pathways for students
  • ·         Protect electives that help students find and develop their passions
  • ·         Continue to provide advanced classes that prepare students for college and career
  • ·         Attract and retain highly qualified teachers so our local high schools do not lose good teachers
  • ·         Continue to provide mental health supports to our high school youth
  • ·         Provide safe and clean high schools

 

 

 

Measure L requires fiscal accountability:

 

 

 

  • ·         None of the funds can be used to increase administrators’ salaries, benefits, or pensions
  • ·         An independent citizens’ oversight committee will continue to ensure funds are spent as promised
  • ·         Seniors age 65 and older will continue to receive an exemption

 

Thank you for your continued support of our community schools. Learn more at 222.ExcellentLocalSchools.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

 

 

Just this last March, district voters defeated the parcel tax (Measure K).

 

 

 

Clearly, district leadership hasn’t gotten voters’ message that taxes are too high, that government shutdown of the economy is wreaking havoc upon thousands of families struggling to pay the rent/mortgage, and that it is a bad idea to reward academic failures!!!

 

 

 

Let us look at latest declining student academic performance in English:

 

 

 

2018-2019 school year results; 32.86% below grade level for English.

 

 

 

And for math:

 

 

 

2018-19 school year results: 52.64% below grade for math.

 

 

 

The District rewarded students, parents, and taxpayers for the passage of the 2008 parcel tax by dropping proficiency in both English and math!

 

 

 

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership – www.ed-data.org

 

 

 

Should you; the voters, reward the district for dropping scores in both subjects?

 

 

 

If no, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure L.

 

 

 

The statewide High School average expense per student is $13,947 per year.

 

 

 

The District is spending more, at $14,942 per student, for lower English and math scores.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The measure says that none of the funds will be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So, that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

 

 

 

Tell the Campbell Union High School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on Measure L

 

 

 

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

 

 

 

Don’t reward bad behavior, vote No on L.

 

 

 

For more information please visit us at www.svtaxpayers.org

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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