Esparto Unified School District parcel tax, Measure B (July 2011)

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An Esparto Unified School District parcel tax, Measure B was on the July 12, 2011 ballot for voters in the Esparto Unified School District in Yolo County, where it was defeated.

If Measure B had been approved, a $100/year parcel tax would have gone into effect, lasting for five (5) years. The tax could also have been "adjusted annually for inflation by the change in the California Consumer Price Index."[1]

There are about 3,000 parcels in the district and the proposed tax would therefore have amounted to a total of about $1.5 million in additional revenue for the district over the proposed 5-year span.[2]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval, and the election was held on a mail-in-only basis.

Election results

Measure B
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 671 70.1%
Yes 286 29.9%


Official, final election results from the Yolo County elections office as of 10:06 p.m. on July 12, 2011.

About the district

The Esparto Unified School District has three schools (Esparto K-8 School, Esparto High School and Madison High School) and approximately 1,100 students.

The district's annual budget is running at about $11 million. It has cut about $1.7 million and laid off six teachers.[2]

A significant source of employment in the district is the Cache Creek Casino Resort, which is owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

There are about 2,500 voters in the district.

In 1996, voters in the district approved a $3 million bond measure that was supposed to pay for new school athletic fields. However, the new school athletic fields were not built with the money. Because of this experience, Measure B includes a provision for an independent citizens oversight committee.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B: In order to reduce the impact of State budget cuts and provide financial stability for the Esparto Unified School District, shall the District be authorized to levy a parcel tax of $100 per parcel for five years, adjusted for inflation, for purposes of supporting student transportation, athletics, and core and elective academic programs? Parcel tax funds will not be spent on administrator salaries and will be audited annually by independent CPA’s as required by law.[3]

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References

  1. Fact Sheet Regarding Measure B (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sacramento Bee, "Small Yolo school district seeks parcel tax," May 30, 2011 (dead link)
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.