La Canada Unified School District parcel tax, Measure LC (March 2014)

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A La Cañada Unified School District parcel tax, Measure LC ballot question was on the March 4, 2014 election ballot for voters in the La Cañada Unified School District in Los Angeles County, California, where it was approved.

This measure renewed an expiring annual district parcel tax of $150 per parcel and increased it by $300 per parcel, resulting in a total parcel tax of $450 per parcel per year.[1]

During the week of February 3, 2014, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters sent out 12,800 vote-by-mail booklets to voters within the La Cañada Unified School District. The ballots were due back by March 4, 2014.[2]

The last day to register to vote in this election was set for, February 17, 2014.[3]

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

Election results

Measure LC
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,810 68.12%
No1,78331.88%
Election results from Los Angeles County Election office.

Text of measure

Ballot question

The official ballot question for Measure LC was:

To protect quality La Cañada schools with funds the State cannot take; continue advanced academic programs in math/science/technology; attract/retain qualified teachers; maintain manageable class sizes; and prepare students for top colleges/careers, shall La Cañada Unified School District renew the expiring annual school parcel tax and increase the rate by $300 (as described in the ballot pamphlet) for seven years, with exemptions for seniors, independent oversight, no money for administrator salaries and funds under local control?[1][4]

Full text

The first three sections of the text of the legislation proposed by Measure LC are below. See this page for a copy of the full text.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this measure is to renew and increase expiring locally controlled school funding to offset the local impact of cuts in State education funding for the District and provide the funding needed to sustain the outstanding quality of local public instruction offered in the District’s schools by generating a source of local revenue that cannot be taken by the State. Funds from this measure will go to continuing advanced academic programs in math, science and technology; attracting and retaining qualified teachers; maintaining manageable class sizes; and preparing students for the best colleges and careers,. Sustaining the outstanding quality of local public instruction offered in La Cañada schools also helps to protect property values within our community.

The Governing Board will use the funds for all of the purposes stated above, unless the Governing Board 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 Governing Board will not use the funds for any purpose other than those listed above from the proceeds of the special taxes.

Approval of this measure shall renew the existing qualified special tax of $150 per parcel and increase that rate by $300, so that the total amount to be levied is $450 per parcel of taxable real property per year for seven years, beginning July 1, 2014.

RATE

The tax shall be levied on all Parcels of Taxable Real Property in the District, as defined below, on the following basis:

Type of Parcel Rate of Annual Tax All Parcels Not to exceed Four Hundred Fifty Dollars ($450.00) per parcel

DEFINITIONS

A “parcel of taxable real property” is defined as any unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which no ad valorem property taxes are levied in any year shall also be exempt from the special tax in such year.

Any parcels that are contiguous to each other, in actual use as one residential or non-residential economic unit, and held under identical ownership shall, upon approval of an application from the owners thereof submitted to the District, be treated as a single parcel for purposes of the special tax. Applications for such treatment shall be made to the District on or before July 1, 2014, or before July 1 of any succeeding tax year. Any one approved application from a qualified applicant will provide for such treatment for the remaining term of the special tax, so long as all of the parcels continue to be held under identical ownership and are * in actual use as one residential or non-residential economic unit.[1][4]

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