Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District parcel tax, Measure H (November 2013)
|Voting on Taxes|
|Not on ballot|
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was necessary for approval.
|Santa Clara County||241||77.49%||70||22.51%|
|Santa Cruz County||983||75.50%||319||24.50%|
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
| Measure H:
To support high academic achievement for local students and provide stable local funding to maintain outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, and science, retain highly qualified and experienced teachers, and prepare students for an excellent high school shall the Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District authorize an annual school parcel tax of $164 per parcel for seven years with independent citizens’ oversight, an exemption for seniors, no funds for administrator’s salaries and every dollar staying in our schools?
The following list of people signed the official arguments in favor of Measure H:
- Shannon Murphy Hickok, Board President, Loma Prieta School District
- Neil Wiley, Editor, Mountain Network News
- Alexander Leman, Chief, Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire & Rescue
- Patricia Hughes, Assistant Principal, Los Gatos High School, Retired
- Stephen Glauz-Todrank, Minister, Skyland Community Church
No arguments against Measure G were submitted. If you have an argument against to Measure G and would like to see it posted, here email JoshAltic@ballotpedia.org.
The office of the County Counsel Orry P. Korb submitted the following statement, written by Lead Deputy County Counsel Susan Swain, as an impartial analysis of Measure G:
A school district, following notice and a public hearing, has authority to levy a qualified special tax upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on a proposal pursuant to section 4 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution and sections 50075 et seq. of the California Government Code.
The Board of Trustees (Board) of the Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District (District) proposes a special tax on each parcel in the District in the amount of $164 per year for a period of seven years, commencing on July 1, 2014. The proposed tax includes an exemption for any parcel that is a principal residence of, and owned by, one or more persons 65 years of age or older, and persons receiving supplemental security income, regardless of age. The exemption would be made available by application to the District.
State law requires that the District state the specific purposes for which the parcel tax proceeds will be used and only spend the proceeds of the tax on the specified purposes. According to the District, the stated purposes of the tax proposed by Measure H are to (1) retain highly qualified and experienced teachers; (2) maintain outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math and science; and (3) prepare students for an excellent high school.
The District is required to provide accountability measures for the proceeds of the tax. These measures include depositing the proceeds of the tax into a fund that is separate and apart from other District funds. Additionally, an annual written report must be made to the Board no later than January 1st of each year the tax is in effect detailing the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any project authorized to be funded from the tax. A citizens' oversight committee will be appointed by the Board to review the expenditure of the tax proceeds to ensure they are expended for the specific purposes identified in Measure H, and to report annually to the Board and the public regarding the use of these proceeds.
A "yes" vote is a vote to adopt a special tax of $164 per parcel on parcels within the District for seven years.
A "no" vote is a vote not to adopt a special tax of $164 per parcel on parcels within the District for seven years.