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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Quality Education Funding Measure JParcel Tax

Special District
June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Lakeside Joint School District
Measure J Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

603 votes yes (65.3%)

321 votes no (34.7%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (4/4).
  • 926 ballots counted.

To preserve quality education for all students in Lakeside Joint School District, maintain specialized training for teachers, provide comprehensive science programs, update classroom technology, and protect quality academic programs for elementary and middle school students, shall the Lakeside Joint School District be authorized to implement an annual education parcel tax of $820 for ten years, with citizens' oversight, exemptions available for senior citizens, no funds for administrators' salaries, every dollar spent on students and cannot be taken away by the State?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

If this measure is approved by at least two-thirds of those voting on it, the Lakeside Joint School District (“the School District”) will be authorized to levy a special tax on real property.  

The tax will be imposed for ten years beginning July 1, 2016, at the rate of $820 per year on each parcel within the School District.  The first year it will replace the previously approved parcel tax of $311 in what would have been its final year.  

The proceeds of the special tax, if approved, may be applied only to the purposes set out in the full text of Measure J which is printed in this pamphlet.   It may not be used for administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions.  

In accordance with State law, the measure includes accountability procedures.  The School District would create a separate account into which the proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited.  An annual written report would show the amount of the special taxes which have been collected and expended, and the status of projects to be funded from those proceeds.    

The School District also would maintain a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to provide oversight as to the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

The special parcel tax is to be collected in the same manner as those property taxes which are based upon property value.  

Property owners whose property is used solely for owner-occupied, single family residential purposes and who are 65 years of age or older, or who meet other criteria regardless of age, may obtain an exemption from the parcel tax by applying to the School District.

Owners who currently receive an exemption from the School District’s existing Measure C parcel tax of $311 will not need to file a new application for exemption.  The School District may establish procedures to verify the continued qualification of an exemption.   Owners of contiguous parcels meeting specified criteria may also apply to the District to have them treated as a single parcel for purposes of the tax.  

The School District Board of Trustees proposes to reduce this parcel tax if it should develop that it has an unintended effect of decreasing or offsetting local, state or federal government funding sources that would otherwise be available to the School District.    

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Lakeside Joint School District.

A “yes” vote is to approve imposition of the special parcel tax.  

A “no” vote is against imposition of the special parcel tax

 

Dana McRae, County Counsel (Santa Cruz County)

By Jane M. Scott, Assistant County Counsel (Santa Cruz County)     

YES vote means

A "Yes" vote is to approve imposition of the special parcel tax.  

NO vote means

A "No" vote is against imposition of the special parcel tax.

Arguments FOR

VOTE YES on Measure J to preserve the outstanding education our children receive at Lakeside School.  

For over 130 years, Lakeside has provided the children of our community with an exceptional education.  Today, Lakeside’s students are in the top 5% in statewide test scores, continuing the long tradition of developing strong academic and leadership skills in a small school setting.  Lakeside’s excellent reputation enhances our property values by bringing in new families to our mountain community.

Exceptional teachers, challenging instructional programs, manageable class sizes, dedicated parent volunteers, and rigorous science, math, and reading curricula have prepared generations to succeed in high school, college, and careers. We want that legacy to continue.    

Unfortunately, years of state budget cuts and unfunded mandates threaten our Lakeside School.  Measure J protects core academics and ensures that Lakeside students are prepared for success in high school and beyond.

Measure J will preserve:

  • Quality academic programs for elementary and middle school students
  • Specialized training for teachers
  • Comprehensive science programs
  • Classroom technology to provide 21st century skills
  • Safe, well-maintained facilities
  • Manageable class sizes
  • Funding for arts, PE and other enrichment programs

Without Measure J, Lakeside will need to make deep cuts to academic programs.

Measure J requires strict taxpayer protections:

  • Seniors are eligible for an exemption
  • No funds can be taken by the State
  • No funds for administrator salaries
  • Every penny stays local to benefit our children
  • Citizens' Oversight Committee ensures funds are spent as promised

Measure J lasts for ten years only and cannot be extended without a new vote.   

Whether or not you have school aged children, protecting the quality of our local schools is a wise investment. Good schools protect our property values and community.

Please join community leaders, seniors, parents, teachers and residents from every Lakeside neighborhood and Vote yes on Measure J!

 /s/ Barbara Harriman


Resident and Realtor Specializing in Mountain Properties


/s/ Mary "Mert" Parsons

38 Year Community Resident and Parent of 3 Lakeside Graduates


/s/ Glenn S. Charbonneau

Parent, Grandparent, Lakeside Alumni & Local Business Owner


/s/ Bill Norquist

61 year Mountain Resident, Owner, Norquist Tree Farm since 1984


/s/ Leon H. Milburn


Retired School Board Member, 56 Year Mountain Resident and property owner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

This latest tax increase from Lakeside Joint School District is an attempt to use the state budget crisis to grab unearned money. The district wants to “extend” (read: increase) the 2010 parcel tax of $311 per year for another 10 years, a year before its scheduled expiration in 2017, when families were expecting a boost to their household budgets.

And the district wants a whopping increase to $820 per parcel, to replace the existing parcel tax.

Have they earned an increase to $820 per parcel — 2.6 times more than we have already been enduring? Do they deserve it?

Let’s look at the student test scores for English learners attaining English proficiency:

2011-12 school year results:                 45.1%

2012-13:                                                   47%

2013-14:                                                   49%

[Source: Education Data Partnership,
www.Ed-Data.org/district/Santa-Clara/lakeside-joint.]

That’s 51% who have failed to achieve English proficiency — dismal!

Should we, the voters, reward a 51% failure rate with a pay increase?

If you answered “no,” we encourage you to vote NO on Measure J.

The statewide average expense per student is $8,788 per year, versus Lakeside Joint School District’s $19,495 — that’s 222% above average!  Yet they want more of our hard-earned money to pad their above-average salaries and fat pension plans.

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

Here are the latest average teacher salaries for the district:

2011-12:  Salary = $75,905.  Statewide average = $74,090.

Plus, teachers get a super generous benefits package.  Their “family plan” costs us $7,900 per teacher per year.

Tell the Lakeside Joint School District board to be financially responsible:
Vote NO on J.

For more information, please visit:

www.SVTaxpayers.org/2016-lakeside-joint-parcel-tax

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

Replies to Arguments FOR

This latest parcel tax tries to use the state budget crisis to grab unearned money. Lakeside Joint School District wants to extend (read: increase) the 2010 parcel tax of $311 per year for another 10 years—a year before its scheduled expiration in 2017.

And they want a whopping increase to $820 per parcel to replace the existing parcel tax.

Have they earned that 2.6 times increase to $820 per parcel?

Let’s look at student test scores for English learners attaining English proficiency:

2011-12 school year results: 45.1%

2012-13 school year results: 47%

2013-14 school year results: 49%

[Source: www.Ed-Data.org/district/Santa-Clara/lakeside-joint]

That’s a dismal 51% who have failed to achieve English proficiency!

Should you, a voter and customer, reward a 51% failure rate with a pay increase?

If you answered “no,” we encourage you to vote NO on Measure J.

The statewide average expense per student is $8,788/year versus Lakeside Joint School District’s $19,495—222% above average.  Yet, they want more of your hard-earned money to pad their above- average salaries and fat pension plans.

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

Tell Lakeside Joint School District board to be financially responsible: vote NO on J.

For more information please visit us at:

www.SVTaxpayers.org/2016-lakeside-joint-parcel-tax

 

Mark W. A. Hinkle


President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The opponent of Measure J doesn't live in our Lakeside community and has made it his mission to oppose every school tax measure on the ballot indiscriminately. Measure J is absolutely needed and is a sound investment in OUR Lakeside community and children.

As longtime Lakeside residents, leaders, and community members - we know the facts and we're voting YES on Measure J.  

Here are the facts:

For over 130 years, Lakeside has provided the children of our community with an exceptional education.  Students are excelling in all areas.

Measure J must be used for specific and key academic priorities in our schools: Strong academic programs in math and science, specialized training for teachers and other enrichment programs that prepare students for high school, college and 21st century careers.

Fiscal safeguards are included in Measure J. Seniors are eligible for an exemption. No funds can be taken by the State or used for administrators' salaries. All funds stay local for Lakeside students. The Citizen Oversight Committee will continue to ensure funds are used for voter-approved purposes. Measure J will expire in 10 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.

By making our neighborhood school and students a priority, all of us benefit. Great schools contribute to strong property values and a thriving community.

Don't be deceived by the opponent’s inaccurate, misleading statements.  Take a positive step to protect the outstanding quality of education in our Lakeside Joint School District.  
Vote YES on Measure J.  

For more information, go to  www.YesforLakeside.com

Leslie “Les” Niles


School Board Member, Volunteer Firefighter, Retired Engineer

 

Julie Rohloff


Former Lakeside Parent, Registered Dental Hygienist, Middle School Track and Cross Country Coach, 28 Year Mountain Resident

 

Sarah Hitchcock-Glover


Registered Nurse, Pre-School Teacher, 26 Year Mountain Resident

Proposed legislation

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

To continue funding for core academic programs, provide reliable funding for local schools that cannot be taken by the State, retain quality teachers, and integrate technology to enhance instruction, with no proceeds used for administrators' salaries, benefits and pensions, the Lakeside Joint School District proposes to extend its existing parcel tax for a period of ten years starting on July 1, 2016 at a rate of $820 per parcel per year, with an exemption available for senior citizens and certain disabled persons, and to implement accountability measures, including citizen oversight, to ensure the funds are used to:

Protect core educational programs including English, math and science

Provide comprehensive education for all students

Provide updated computers and learning technology

Retain high-quality teachers;

 

Proceeds of the parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the Lakeside Joint School District.

 

DEFINITION OF "PARCEL"

For purposes of the high quality education parcel tax, the term "Parcel" means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Lakeside Joint School District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector and Santa Cruz County Tax Collector, as applicable. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the quality education parcel tax in such year.

 

For purposes of this quality education parcel tax, any such "Parcels" which are (i) contiguous, and (ii) used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes, and (iii) held under identical ownership may, by submitting to the District an application of the owners thereof by June 15 of any year, be treated as a single "parcel" for purposes of the levy of the high quality education parcel tax.

 

EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS AND SSI RECIPIENTS

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 50079 (b)(1), any owner of a Parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes and who are either (a) 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 (b) persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, or (c) receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, may obtain an exemption from the parcel tax by submitting an application therefore, by June 15 of any year, to the District.

 

Persons who are owners of Parcels used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes and currently exempted from the District's expiring Measure C parcel tax shall automatically be exempted from this Measure without having to file a new application.

 

The District may establish administrative procedures to periodically verify the continuance of any previously granted exemption.

 

With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the Santa Clara County Treasurer and Tax Collector and Santa Cruz County Treasurer and Tax Collector, or other appropriate tax officials of such counties, shall make all final determinations of tax exemption or relief for any reason, and that decision shall be final and binding.  With respect to matters specific to the levy of the high quality education parcel tax, including any exemptions and the classification of property for purposes of calculating the tax, the decisions of the District shall be final and binding.

 

REDUCTION IN TAX IF RESULT IS LESS OTHER GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

 

The collection of the quality education parcel tax is not intended to decrease or offset any increase in local, state or federal government revenue sources that would otherwise be available to the District during the period of the parcel tax.  In the event that the levy and collection does have such an effect, the District may cease the levy or shall reduce the parcel tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset in other revenues.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

 

In accordance with the requirements of California Government Code Sections 50075.1 and 50075.3, the following accountability measures, among others, shall apply to the parcel tax levied in accordance with this Measure:  (a) the specific purposes of the parcel tax shall be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the parcel tax shall be applied only to those specific purposes identified above; (c) a separate, special account shall be created into which the proceeds of the quality education parcel tax must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report shall be made to the Board of Trustees of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the high quality education parcel tax and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the parcel tax, as identified above.  In addition to the accountability measures required by law, the District will maintain its existing Citizens' Oversight Committee to provide oversight as to the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

 

 

 

 

 

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