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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Parcel Tax

Special District
November 7, 2017Local Elections

Wilmar Union School District
Measure F - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

551 votes yes (64.4%)

305 votes no (35.6%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (4/4).

To provide local funding which the State cannot take away, keep class sizes small, protect academic excellence, vocal and instrumental music, arts, maintain counseling services, provide current technology, and keep our library open, with no funds spent on administrators' salaries, and provide a senior citizen exemption, shall Wilmar Union School District (Wilson School) be authorized to levy $65 per parcel annually for eight (8) years ($70,980 annual funds raised)?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The Wilmar Union School District Board of Trustees has called an election on a special tax measure to fund identified educational purposes. State law authorizes school districts to levy a special tax upon approval of two-thirds of the voting electorate.

This measure proposes a special tax of $65 per year per parcel for each parcel of land within the District’s boundaries. The tax would begin on July 1, 2018, and would remain in effect for no more than eight (8) years. The tax would be collected and administered in the same manner as regular ad valorem property taxes.

If Measure F is approved, the proceeds of the tax would be deposited in a special fund and could only be used for the purposes set out in the full text of the measure. The stated purposes of the special parcel tax are keeping class sizes small; protecting academic excellence; keeping vocal and instrumental music; maintaining student counseling services; providing current technology for all students; and keeping the school library open. No portion of the proceeds may be used to pay  for administrators’ salaries.

The proposed tax would apply to each parcel of taxable land in the District, with some exemptions described below. Measure F defines “parcel” as any unit of land in the District that receives a separate tax bill from the Sonoma County Tax Collector. The tax would not apply to parcels that are exempt from property taxes. Additionally, upon application to the District, an exemption shall be available to parcels owned by one or more persons who are aged 65 years or older and own and occupy the parcel as a principal residence, or to persons who receive Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, and own and occupy the parcel as a principal residence.

The District’s chief fiscal officer would make an annual report to the District Board of Trustees detailing the amount of revenue collected and expended under the special tax and the status of any project funded by said tax revenue.

If two-thirds of the voters in the Wilmar Union School District who vote on this measure vote “yes,” the measure will pass and the special tax will be levied.

BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN
County Counsel
By: s/Robert Pittman, Assistant County Counsel

— Sonoma County Counsel

Arguments FOR

Having a quality school in your neighborhood, like Wilson Elementary (Wilmar District), helps the students and improves the safety of the area. It also enhances the value of your home. The funds from our previous parcel tax, which has recently expired, provided enrichment similar to those proposed in this measure. Having the parcel tax in place assures a strong and well-rounded education for all students. Funds raised by this local tax will be used to provide direct support to Wilson students and will protect and enhance their educational opportunities.

If passed, Measure F will provide funds that the State cannot take away and will improve Wilson Elementary by: maintaining small class sizes; protecting academic excellence; keeping Vocal and instrumental music and arts; maintaining student counseling services; supporting current technology and supporting our library.

Measure F makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

This measure will only cost each parcel $65 annually (less than $5.42 per month).

By law, all funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.

Measure F provides an exemption for any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older.

Spending will be reviewed and annual accounting will be provided.

This measure lasts for only 8 years.

Our children need your Yes vote on Measure F! If successful, Measure F will provide a stable source of local funds to offset the uncertainty of state funding. With the kind of support provided by the funds from Measure F, our students can become well rounded and responsible members of the Petaluma community.

Measure F maintains academic excellence, improves the educational experience of local students, and maintains the quality of our community. Please vote Yes on Measure F!

s/John P. Praetzel
s/Michelle Machado
s/Jane S. Singleton, Treasurer, Wilmar V. Fire Dept
s/Doug Hecker, President, WILMAR DISTRICT BOARD
s/Al Mello, Wilmar Vol Fire Dept.

Proposed legislation

EXHIBIT A

STATEMENT OF PURPOSES

          To provide local revenue that cannot be taken by the State and to aid in maintaining public education in our schools, the Wilmar Union School District proposes to levy and collect a qualified special parcel tax as described below (see “SPECIAL TAX AND PROCEDURES” below), and to implement accountability measures in connection with the special parcel tax to provide oversight and accountability to ensure that funds are used to:

 

  • To keep class sizes small;
  • Protect academic excellence;
  • Keep vocal and instrumental music;
  • Maintain student counseling services;
  • Provide current technology for all students;
  • Keep our library open.

 

          The Board of Trustees will utilize parcel tax proceeds for the purposes listed above, unless the Board of Trustees determines in any given year that changes in student population, fiscal constraints, or other changes in state or federal funding make doing so unfeasible or inadvisable. In any event, the Board of Trustees will not fund any program or reduction other than those listed above from the proceeds of the special parcel taxes.

SPECIAL TAX AND PROCEDURES

          Special Tax Generally. Subject to two-thirds approval of the voters, the special tax of $65 per parcel shall be levied and collected for a period of eight (8) years, commencing July 1, 2018, and be collected by the Sonoma County Tax Collector at the same time as and along with, and shall be subject to the same penalties as general ad valorem taxes collected by said tax collector.

          Definition of Parcel. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the District that receives a separate tax bill from the Sonoma County Tax Collector. However, with respect to any parcel that is classified by the Sonoma County Assessor as a 

timeshare property, for the purposes of levying and collecting the special tax against such parcels, to the extent permitted by law such levy shall be set in amount proportional to the percentage of the year owned by said timeshare.

          Exemptions. The following exemptions shall apply to the levy of the qualified special tax. 

          °   Otherwise Exempt Property. All property that would otherwise be exempt from property taxes shall also be exempt from the parcel tax. 

          °   Senior Citizen Exemption. An exemption shall be available to persons who are 65 years or older and own and occupy as a principal residence a parcel subject to the parcel tax.

          °   Supplemental Security Income Exemption. An exemption shall be available to persons who receive Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) for a disability regardless of age, and own and occupy as a principal residence a parcel subject                  to the parcel tax.

          Exclusive Procedures. The procedures described herein with respect to the levy and collection of the special tax and exemptions, and any additional procedures established by the Board of Trustees, shall be the exclusive claims procedure for claimants seeking an exemption, refund, reduction, or re-computation of the special parcel tax. Whether any particular claim is to be resolved by the District or by the County shall be determined by the District, in coordination with the County as necessary. The District’s Board of Trustees shall adopt such additional or supplemental procedures as it deems necessary or convenient for the administration of the qualified special tax.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

          Legally Required 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 special parcel taxes levied in accordance with this Measure: (a) the specific purposes of the special

parcel tax shall be only those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the special 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 special parcel taxes must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report shall be made by the District’s chief fiscal officer to the Board of Trustees of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the special taxes and (ii) the status of any projects, programs, or purposes required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the special taxes, as identified above.

PROTECTION OF FUNDING

          Current law forbids any decrease in State or Federal funding to the District because of the District’s adoption of a parcel tax. However, if any such funds are reduced because of the adoption of this parcel tax, then the amount of the special parcel taxes will be reduced annually as necessary in order to restore such State or Federal funding.

SEVERABILITY

          The Board of Trustees of the District 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 Trustees 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.

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