Novato Unified School District Parcel Tax Renewal, Measure A (May 2014)
Measure A authorized the district to renew for eight years an expiring parcel tax of $96 per parcel, leaving the district tax rate at its current level of $251 per parcel per year. This tax was originally approved by voters in 2009 under a measure that was also called Measure A.
According to Shelly Scott, school board president, Navato Unified School District received $4.3 million per year from its parcel tax, which amounted to a little over six and a half percent of the district's $64 million annual budget.
The Navato Unified School District, in 2014, had about 8,000 students.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval of Measure A.
- Election results from Marin County Elections office
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
To preserve quality education in Novato schools without increasing taxes and maintain stable local funding that cannot be taken by the State to: Maintain competitive science, math, engineering and other programs; Attract and retain high quality teachers; Integrate modern instructional technology to prepare students for future success; Shall Novato Unified School District renew the expiring school parcel tax at the current rate for 8 years, with an exemption for seniors, independent oversight, and no money for administrator salaries? 
The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure A:
- Gerald (Jerry) Peters, former president of Novato Chamber of Commerce and Novato Sanitary District Board
- Tali Sundberg, former Novato Teacher, 59-year Novato resident
- Sylvia Barry Novato, realtor
- Martha Patsy White, former president of League of Women Voters and Novato Citizen of the Year in 2009
- Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Arguments in favor
Shelly Scott, president of the school board, said, "There are so many things this money helps out with. We serve 8,000 kids and yet we are one of the poorest (districts in the county). So this parcel tax is a much-needed boost in the arm in terms of finances."
The following was submitted as the official argument in favor of Measure A:
Vote Yes on Measure A: renew local school funding without raising taxes. All Measure A funds stay in our Novato schools under local control - nothing can be taken by the State, and no funds can be used for administrator salaries.
Your YES vote is critical to protecting quality education in our Novato schools. measure A renews funding that is set to expire and will keep great teachers in our classrooms, maintain competitive academic programs and make sure students have the instructional technology they need for future success.
Measure A will NOT raise your taxes - it wil simply renew existing local school funding that our community has supported for over 20 years, and the State can't take a penny.
Vote YES to protect quality education in Novato schools:
Fiscal accountability is required:
We are all proud of our high quality schools in Novato, and they help keep our community and our property values strong.
Join parents, teachers, seniors, business owners and community members - vote YES on Measure A to keep Novato schools strong! 
—A. Gerald (Jerry) Peters, Tali Sundberg, Sylvia Barry Novato, Martha Patsy White, Mary Jane Burke, 
- The Marin Independent Journal editorial board argued for a "yes" vote on Measure A, pointing out that the Novato Unified School District had a minimal parcel tax compared to many other nearby school districts and that the district taxpayers had the smallest school parcel tax payments in Marin County. The Marin Independent Journal editorial said:
Compared with other school districts in Marin, Novato's Measure A is a modest amount. It is revenue, however, that is vital to classroom programs; art, music and technology courses, and high school sports. It helps make sure that Novato public school students have the kinds of academic and enrichment opportunities in their schools that Novato residents feel, as a community, should be made available to them.
Measure A is a sign of Novato community's support for its public schools and providing educational opportunities for local children.
The IJ recommends Novato voters support Measure A in the May 6 vote. 
—Marin Independent Journal editorial board, 
No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure A. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, email the the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.
School officials announced early in 2014 that polling showed about 67 percent voter approval for Measure A, which required a 66.67 percent approval rate to pass.
Path to the ballot
The board of directors of the Novato Unified School District unanimously voted to put the Measure A tax renewal on the May ballot.
- California parcel tax on the ballot
- Parcel tax elections in California
- Parcel tax
- Marin County, California ballot measures
- June 3, 2014 ballot measures in California
- League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, Measure A information, accessed April 15, 2014
- The Marin Independent Journal, "Editorial: Measure A deserves Novato voters' support," April 14, 2014
- The Marin Independent Journal, "Novato schools parcel tax renewal headed for ballot," February 5, 2014, archived April 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- FindLaw, "Novato school district seeks to renew parcel tax," April 9, 2014