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San Ramon Valley Unified School District
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Pass: 30624 / 72.2% Yes votes ...... 11770 / 27.8% No votes
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To help maintain academic excellence, retain qualified and experienced teachers, prepare students for college and careers for a global economy with strong math, science and literacy education, shall San Ramon Valley Unified School District renew its expiring education tax at one hundred forty-four dollars per parcel for seven years, with citizen oversight, annual audits, no funds for administrative salaries, an available exemption for persons 65 and older, and all funds spent to support local schools?
The ballot measure asks voters to decide whether a parcel tax should be imposed on parcels of taxable real property within the District for seven years, beginning July 1, 2009. It would replace the District's existing parcel tax of $90 per year, which expires on June 30, 2009.
The parcel tax would be $144 per year on each parcel of taxable real property in the District. A parcel of taxable real property is any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes from the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. A parcel otherwise exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from the imposition of the parcel tax.
The ballot measure includes a senior citizen exemption. Any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older would be exempt from the parcel tax upon proper application to the District. Senior citizens with a current valid exemption from the District's existing parcel tax would be exempt from the proposed parcel tax and would not be required to reapply.
The ballot measure states that the proceeds of the parcel tax will be used to "help maintain academic excellence, retain qualified and experienced teachers, [and] prepare students for college and careers for a global economy with strong math, science and literacy education." Proceeds from the parcel tax may be used only for the specific purposes set forth in the ballot measure and according to constitutional and statutory provisions.
Proceeds from the parcel tax will be deposited into a District account that will be kept separate from other District accounts. As long as any proceeds of the parcel tax remain unexpended, an annual independent audit report will be prepared stating the amount of the parcel tax received and expended in the year and the status of any projects or description of any programs funded from the tax proceeds. Additionally, an independent community oversight committee appointed by the District Board will monitor expenditures.
Two-thirds of those voting on the ballot measure must approve the measure for it to pass.
A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the parcel tax.
A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the parcel tax.
Contra Costa Times
|Arguments For Measure C||Arguments Against Measure C|
|Our local schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are among the highest-achieving in the state, providing an excellent education to students in San Ramon, Danville and immediate surrounding communities. With California Distinguished School Awards, qualified teachers and a well-rounded academic curriculum, local students achieve top scores on statewide exams and over 94% go on to college or university.
Local elementary, middle and high school students receive a comprehensive education in science, math, reading, and writing to prepare them to succeed in college and future careers in the global economy.
Existing education funding, approved by local voters in 2004, has helped to achieve excellence in academics and retain qualified teachers.
This vital education funding will expire this year unless we vote YES on Measure C.
Unprecedented state budget cuts threaten academics and teachers. Our schools need Measure C more than ever to help continue our local tradition of academic excellence.
Measure C provides essential funds to support continued student success. The state cannot take a single penny of Measure C funds.
Vote YES on Measure C to help:
Edith Marzluft Senior Citizen, 35-year Danville resident
Robert E. Rose
Harold D. Stoner
|ALREADY PAYING EXCESSIVE TAXES (INCOME, FICA, SALES, PROPERTY...)?
Then reject inflationary new tax increases, and require responsible budgeting by public agencies, including this school district.
Promoting the current parcel tax in 2004, the District's spokesman proclaimed "an understanding there will not be a pay raise next year" (SRV Times, 03/28/04).
In fact, the 2004-05 retroactive raise which followed, atop existing step-and-column increases, was just the first of four raises implemented since 2004's parcel-tax approval. Another raise only awaits Measure C's passage.
Measure C doesn't guarantee property values or improved academic performance, just $1,008 more in cumulative new taxes per parcel. And new local taxes enable more wasteful diversions in Sacramento. Additionally:
Vote NO on Measure C!
Stuart L. Hill
Suzanne C. Thompson
ALLIANCE of CONTRA COSTA TAXPAYERS
The truth: Measure C is the only way to protect $7 million that supports top-notch education in local elementary, middle and high schools.
Measure C renews existing funds that are limited to retaining qualified teachers and protecting academic programs. If Measure C fails, these local funds -- approved by voters in 2004 -- will disappear, forcing difficult school budget cuts.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District is fiscally responsible. Measure C includes citizen oversight and annual public audits. Every penny of Measure C will be reviewed to ensure funds are spent wisely for education, not administrators' salaries.
In fact, Measure C does not inflate and cannot be renewed or increased without voter approval. Remember: not a penny of Measure C funds can be taken by the state. All funds will continue to support excellent education in San Ramon Valley communities.
Measure C renews an existing, optional exemption for those who need it most -- people 65 and older who live on fixed incomes. Those who currently take the exemption receive it through simple verification of public documents, such as a driver's license.
While taking the exemption is a personal choice, those of us who no longer have children in school are voting YES on Measure C.
We can't rely on the state to provide the excellent academics we expect from San Ramon Valley Unified School District. For $12 per month, Measure C will help local students and teachers continue academic success.
Preserve excellent education in our schools -- please vote YES on Measure C.
Elaine Cortez Schroth
|Full Text of Measure C|
|This measure may be known and referred to as the "San Ramon Valley Unified School District Excellence in Education Act of 2009" or as "Measure C".
TERMS AND PURPOSES
Upon approval of two-thirds of those voting on this measure, the District shall be authorized to and shall levy a qualified special tax (parcel tax) of $144 per year on each parcel of taxable real property in the District, for a period limited to seven years, commencing July 1, 2009, upon the expiration of the existing education parcel tax approved by the voters of the District in 2004.
Moneys raised under this Excellence in Education Act shall be authorized to be used only to provide financial support to local school programs, as follows:
EXEMPTIONS + SENIOR CITIZENS; RECIPIENTS OF SUPPLEMENTARY SECURITY INCOME.
In order to provide tax relief to senior citizens in the community, any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older shall be exempt from the education parcel tax upon proper application to the District. Persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, shall also be exempt upon proper application to the District.
Either exemption shall be available pursuant to procedures to be prescribed by the Board of Education or otherwise as required by law or by the Contra Costa County Tax Collector. Senior citizens with a current valid exemption under the Excellence in Education Act of 2004 shall continue to be exempt and not be required to reapply, subject to those procedures.
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Education shall establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that moneys raised under the Excellence in Education Act are spent only for the purposes named in this Proposition. The Board of Education shall provide by resolution for the composition, duties, funding and other necessary information regarding the Committee's formation and operation.
Independent Annual Audit. Upon the levy and collection of the education parcel tax, the Board of Education shall cause an account to be established for deposit of the proceeds, pursuant to Government Code Section 50075.1. For so long as any proceeds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause an independent financial auditor to prepare a report to be filed with the Board of Education no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31, 2009, stating (1) the amount collected and expended in such year, and (2) the status of any projects or description of any programs funded. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period, as the Superintendent shall determine, and may be incorporated into or filed with the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board of Education.
Specific Purposes. All of the purposes named in the measure shall constitute the specific purposes of the education parcel tax, and proceeds thereof shall be applied only for such purposes.
LEVY AND COLLECTION
The education parcel tax shall be collected by the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner and shall be subject to the same penalties as ad valorem property taxes collected by the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Unpaid taxes shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem property taxes until paid.
"Parcel of taxable real property" shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District which receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. All property which is otherwise exempt from or on which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the education parcel tax in such year. In addition, parcels may be exempt from the education parcel tax as described above under "EXEMPTIONS".
The District shall annually provide a list of parcels to the Contra Costa County tax collection officials which the District has approved for an exemption as described above, under "Exemptions + Senior Citizens; Recipients of Supplementary Security Income". The Contra Costa County Assessor's determination of exemption or relief for any reason of any parcel from taxation, other than through either of said exemptions, shall be final and binding for the purposes of the education parcel tax. Taxpayers wishing to challenge the County Assessor's determination must do so under the procedures for correcting a misclassification of property pursuant to Section 4876.5 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code or other applicable procedures. Taxpayers seeking a refund of any tax paid shall follow the procedures applicable to property tax refunds pursuant to the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
The Board of Education hereby declares, and the voters by approving this measure concur, that every section, paragraph, sentence and clause of this measure has independent value, and the Board of Education and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof. Upon approval of this measure by the voters, should any part be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.