Davis Joint Unified School District parcel tax, Measure C (March 2012)
Measure C imposes a $320/year parcel tax that will last for five years. For multi-dwelling parcels, the tax will be $150 per unit. The tax can be adjusted upward annually for inflation, starting in the 2013-2014 tax year, by indexing it to the change in the "Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers California (1982-84=100)" published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Measure C combines two existing parcel taxes, Measure W from November 2008 and Measure Q from 2007. Measure W is $120/year and Measure Q is $200/year. Measures W and Q are both set to expire in June 2012.
Voters in the district also approved Measure A in May 2011. It is a separate $200/year parcel tax that will last for two years. During the time that Measure C and Measure A overlap, property owners will be paying $520/year.
Measure C will raise about $6.5 million per year for the school district. That's about 10% of the school district's annual budget.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure C were signed by:
- Judy Boock Davis
- Lori Duisenberg
- Betty Weis
- Kevin Williams
- Reed Youmans
- Tara Johnson
- Karen L. Mo
- Dorothy Ann Peterson
- Jeff Simons
- David C. Whitmire
Arguments in favor
Arguments made in favor of Measure C in the official voter guide included:
- Measure C is not a new tax. Rather, it is an extension of a tax that property owners in the district are already paying.
- Davis Joint Unified has excellent schools.
- Important "programs will be severely cut back or eliminated" if Measure C does not pass.
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure C were signed by:
- Jose J. Granda
- Thomas Randall, Jr.
Arguments made in opposition to Measure C in the official voter guide included:
- "It is simple math. A renewal of measures Q and W would mean paying $1,260 in four years. This new tax costs $1,600 + additional CPI increase and it is for ﬁve years. Clearly is a "NEW TAX". You will not know what you voted for until you get your tax bill."
- "The argument in favor of C reads as a list of all things the School Board is supposed to do with the 55 million dollars taxpayers are paying them for the education of our children, nothing special."
- "The School Board will hold the teacher's jobs hostage and threaten to dismantle programs if you do not agree to pass the new tax. It is time to say NO to 'scare tactics' and intimidation. Voting NO on C will send a message to balance the budget and operate within their means. Nowadays, people are losing their jobs and their homes."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure C: "Shall the Davis Joint Unified School District continue a local parcel tax to preserve existing classroom programs including math, science, English and music; key school-based personnel including librarians, nurses, counselors, school technology and reading specialists; and other programs such as athletics, drama, student nutrition and class size reduction for a period of 5 years not to exceed the Base Annual Tax of $150.00 per unit for multi-dwelling parcels and $320.00 per parcel for all other parcels?"|
- See also: 2012 ballot measure litigation
A lawsuit was filed to prevent the opponents of Measure C from making arguments in the official ballot pamphlet against the process of using an all mail-in ballot election. This lawsuit failed. On January 23, 2012, Judge Sammuel McAdam wrote in his ruling, "Granda is well within his right to challenge the mail-in procedure in the Argument against attacking both the substance and the process of the parcel tax issue. In other words, the substance and the procedure of any election are inherently relevant to each other. The voters will decide whether his opinion and argument have any merit."
- Full text of Measure C
- Analysis of Measure C
- Arguments for and against Measure C
- Website of the Davis Joint Unified School District
- "Yes on C", website supporting the measure
- "No on C", website opposing the measure