Milpitas Unified School District Parcel Tax Renewal, Measure C (June 2014)
Measure C sought to renew for eight years a tax of $84/year on all parcels of taxable real estate in the district. District officials estimated that the annual revenue from this tax would amount to about $1.4 million. The tax was designed to take effect in July of 2015.
This tax was originally approved in 2010 as Measure B, but it was set to expire in 2015.
Milpitas district residents, at the time of the Measure C election, were also paying an annual $50 per $100,000 assessed property value to pay off a 25-year general obligation bond, which was approved in 2012 as Measure E.
The revenue from the Measure C tax was earmarked to fund teacher salaries and classroom instruction. In the district in 2014, over 80 percent of expenses arose from salaries and benefits for faculty and staff members. The average salary for teachers in the Milpitas Unified School District was $77,916. The cost of teacher health, retirement and insurance benefits brought the average cost of employing one teacher to $98,512 per year for the district.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure C.
- Election results from Santa Clara County Elections Office
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Without increasing the current tax rate and to continue high quality education for local elementary, middle and high school students by maintaining strong academic programs in science, math, engineering, reading and writing, preparing students for college and 21st Century careers, and retaining highly qualified teachers, shall Milpitas Unified School District renew its expiring $84 education parcel tax for 8 years with citizen oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, senior citizen exemptions and all funds staying in local schools?|
- The Milpitas Post editorial board wrote an article advocating the approval of Measure C. The editorial gave several arguments for a "yes" vote on Measure C and concluded, "Milpitas schools are 'on a roll' in terms of innovation, matching the challenges of living in Silicon Valley, and the voters statewide have demonstrated they support revitalization of our schools. Milpitas voters have shown they share that core belief and we hope they will again come June."
Marianne Zoricak, a district resident, said, "I'm sick of schools that cry poverty. There is never enough money and they don't manage well what they do get."
Path to the ballot
The Board of Education authorized this parcel tax renewal ballot question on March 4, 2014. They chose the June 3, 2014 election ballot, rather than a special election in June of 2015, to avoid additional election costs and uncertainty about the 2015 budget. The cost of holding the election for this measure in June of 2014 was estimated at between $50,000 and $60,000 dollars, according to Superintendent Cary Matsuoka. The cost of a special election held in 2015, however, was estimated at about $400,000.
A polling firm hired by the Milpitas District found that 72 percent of voters were likely to approve a renewal of the $84 parcel tax.
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- San Jose Mercury News, "Milpitas school board authorizes June parcel tax," March 5, 2014
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- Santa Clara County Elections Department website, "June 3, 2014, ballot measures," accessed March 14, 2014
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- San Jose Mercury News: Milpitas Post, "Editorial: Important reasons to support vote to extend local school parcel tax in June," March 14, 2014