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Fontana Unified School District parcel tax, Measure E (June 2011)

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A Fontana Unified School District parcel tax, Measure E ballot question was on the June 21, 2011 ballot for voters in the Fontana Unified School District in San Bernardino County, where it was defeated.[1][2]

If Measure E had been approved, it would have levied a $96 annual parcel tax in the district that would have lasted for four years. The tax would have generated about $16 million in added revenue to the school district over the 4-year period.[3]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure E
Votes Percentage
Yes 4,153 52.09%
No Defeatedd 3,820 47.91%

Supporters

Supporters included Patrick Abram, who is a football coach and the Measure E Committee Chair.

The official voter guide arguments were signed by:

  • Brandy Segal, Chair Person-Citizens Bond Oversight Committee/Parent
  • John Tigner, City Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Nancy Jarman-Dunn, School Counselor
  • Luis A. Vaquera, Parks and Recreation Co-Chair/Parent Leader
  • Dennis Wayne Ruble, Retiree/Retired Board Member

The editorial board of the Fontana Herald News endorsed a "yes" vote on Measure E, saying:

"When considering the parcel tax, it is wise to look back on a similar situation which took place in Fontana in 1999.
At that time, the City of Fontana was struggling financially and was considering drastic budget cuts and numerous layoffs, and so city leaders put a utility tax on the ballot. The tax was approved by the voters and lasted for a span of five years for residents and 10 years for businesses. During that period, the utility tax raised tens of millions of dollars for the city, and there is no doubt that the tax was one of the reasons why Fontana started to thrive and ultimately overcame its severe monetary crisis.
And now here in 2011, the FUSD is in big trouble and needs the help of the taxpayers. Just like the utility tax worked well for the city, the parcel tax has the potential to work well for the FUSD. Local residents who care about the future of the children of the district and want to make a difference in their lives should vote Yes on Measure E."[4]

Opponents

The Fontana Herald News said, "Opponents of the parcel tax say that the residents of Fontana are undergoing a severe economic crisis and it would be unfair to burden them with more taxes. Some opponents also claim the FUSD has been mismanaging its funds and needs to make more cutbacks in order to solve its budget problems."[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure E: To maintain and improve academic programs including reading, writing, science and math; improve student access to computer labs and technology; retain teachers and counselors; help keep school libraries open and minimize future classroom overcrowding; shall Fontana Unified School District levy $96 per parcel annually for four years (see voter pamphlet) with senior exemptions, no money for administrators’ salaries, independent community oversight, and all funds used for neighborhood schools and not taken by the State?[5]

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