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Los Gatos Union School District parcel tax, Measure B (May 2013)

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A Los Gatos Union School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the May 7, 2013 ballot for voters in the Los Gatos Union School District in Santa Clara County, California, where it was overwhelmingly approved.[1]

Voters were being asked to extend for 8 more years a parcel tax of $290 a year. The current $290/year parcel tax expires in June 2014. It was approved as Measure E on June 3, 2008.

The district's voters first approved a parcel tax in 1990. This was extended in 1994 with an affirmative vote of 82%, in 1998 by 80%, in 2002 by 75% and in 2008 by 84%.

The school district originally hoped that they'd be able to not only extend the current $290/year parcel tax, but to increase it by as much as another $290/year. However, polls of voters in the district taken in August and December 2012 suggested that they would likely not be able to reach the required threshold for approval for an increase in the tax.[1]

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

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,070 81.75%
No1,35518.25%
These final, certified results are from Santa Clara County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure B: Without increasing tax rates and to protect outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, and science; retain highly-qualified teachers; keep classroom technology, science resources, books and instructional materials updated; and maintain art and music; shall the Los Gatos Union School District be authorized to renew its expiring annual education tax of $290 per parcel for eight years, with citizen oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, a senior citizen exemption, and all funds staying in Los Gatos schools?[2][3]

Support

Tina Orsi-Hartigan, president of the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees, said, "Los Gatos schools are among the top in the state in terms of student test scores, thanks to our excellent academic programs and highly-qualified teachers. Renewing this stable, local source of funding will provide greater local control to continue top-quality education for our students without increasing tax rates. Every penny from this measure will benefit Los Gatos students and can’t be taken away by the state." [4]

Fran Mastroianni, a fifth-grade teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary School, says, "My fellow teachers and I are supporting this renewal and volunteering to help on the campaign."[4]

See also

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