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Special District

Franklin-McKinley School District
Measure K Initiative from the People - 2/3 Approval Required

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To improve the quality of education and enhance student achievement, by expanding reading, counseling and tutoring programs for at-risk students; maintaining small class sizes, enhancing reading math, and science programs; retaining teachers; and expanding student access to after school programs, shall Franklin-McKinley School District's measure levying $72.00 per parcel annually for five years, be adopted, raising $1.2 million annually, have no funds for administrators' salaries, provide a senior citizens' exemption and have all funds stay local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

James R. Williams County Counsel

 

                   The Franklin-McKinley School District ("Dis trict") Board of Education ("Board") has-placed Measure K on the ballot to authorize an annual parcel tax of $72 per parcel, beginning on July I, 202l, for five years. According to the Measure, the parcel tax will raise approximately $1.2 million per year. This parcel tax would be in addition to the existing 2016 Measure HH annual parcel tax of$72 per parcel, which expires on June 30, 2027.

 

 

 

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to expand reading, counseling, and tutoring programs for at-risk students; enhance academic programs in reading, math, and science; expand student access to after school programs; restore performing arts and music programs for grades K-6; maintain or expand performing arts and music programs; improve student access to computers and modem technology; maintain small class sizes; and provide a safer learning environment during health or other emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax may not be used for administrator salaries or benefits.

 

 

 

The tax applies to any parcel of land that lies wholly or partially within the District boundaries that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector. Owners of contiguous parcels that are used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes and are held under identical ownership may apply to the Board each year for their contiguous parcels to be treated as a single parcel.

 

 

 

A parcel tax exemption may be obtained by the owner and occupant ofa single-family residence who is 65 years of age or older by submitting an exemption application to the Board on or before June 15. Although the Measure states that exemption applications must be submitted annually, the law requires exemptions to remain in effect until the parcel owner becomes ineligible and does not require application on an annual basis.

 

 

 

The District is required by law to institute additional accountability measures for the tax proceeds. These meas ures 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 appoint an independent committee to oversee the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

 

 

 

A "yes" vote is a vote to approve a specia l tax of $72 per parcel within the District for five (5) years.

 

 

 

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

 

                                                                                                                                                         

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

Vote Yes on K to provide critical funding to protect the quality of education in Franklin-McKinley schools.

 

 

 

With the unprecedented health and economic crisis, our schools need locally controlled funding more than ever to provide quality education. State school funding is unreliable and unstable. Measure K is needed to keep good teachers in our schools, preserve academic programs and make our schools clean and safe to return to in-person learning.

 

 

 

All Measure K funds go directly to our local schools, are controlled locally, and cannot be taken away by the state. Without Measure K, Franklin-McKinley School District would have to make millions in drastic cuts to classroom education over the next few years.

 

 

 

Measure K will continue to improve student achievement by providing a well-rounded education for all students. It will also maintain other student supports, including devices, internet connectivity, tutoring and counseling programs for at-risk students. Measure K will also help protect student access to after-school programs, keeping kids on the right track.

 

 

 

Measure K ensures local students continue to receive a quality 21st century education and are able to excel in today’s global society.

 

 

 

Vote YES on K to:

 

 

 

·         Provide a safer learning environment during health or other emergencies

 

·         Protect science, technology , reading, writing and math program

 

·         Maintain small class sizes

 

·         Attract and retain highly qualified teachers

 

·         Maintain art, music and electives for a well-rounded education

 

 

 

Strong Fiscal Accountability Protections

 

 

 

·         All Measure K funds will benefit local elementary and middle schools and cannot be taken away by the state

 

·         No funds can be spent on administrators’ salaries

 

·         Independent citizen oversight and annual audits ensure all funds are used wisely

 

·         Senior citizens can receive an exemption

 

 

 

Strong neighborhood schools help improve property values in our community, whether or not you have children I school.

 

 

 

Join neighbors, community leaders and parents in supporting local students. Vote YES on Measure K!

 

Arguments AGAINST

 

Just this last March, district voters approved a $80,000,000 bond measure (Measure R) and in 2018 another $67,400,000 bond measure.

 

How did the district reward students, parents and taxpayers for this massive expenses ad massive debt (remember bonds have to be paid back with interest…lots and lots of interest)?

 

Let us look at latest student academic performance:

 

·         2018-19 school year results: 55.5% below grade level for English.

·         2018-19 school year results: 63.65% below grade for math.

 

The District rewarded students, parents, and taxpayers for the passage of the 2008 parcel tax and the above bond debt by failing a majority of students’ 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 abysmal scores in both subjects?

 

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

 

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

 

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

 

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

 

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