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Santa Clara Unified School District parcel tax and bond, Measure A (March 2011)

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A Santa Clara Unified School District CFD No. 2011-1, Measure A ballot question was on the March 8, 2011 ballot</noinclude> for voters in the Santa Clara Unified School District in Santa Clara County, where it was defeated.

Measure A required a 2/3rds supermajority vote to pass. It would have:

  • Authorized the levy of an annual tax of $19.00 on existing residential units
  • Authorized both a one-time tax and an annual tax on new residential units.
  • Authorized $788,000,000 in bonds for Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 2011-1.

Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 2011-1 was formed by the Santa Clara Unified School District to fund land acquisition and development of school facilities to serve 10,000 anticipated new residential units.

Election results

Measure A
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 595 59.03%
Yes 413 40.97%


Election results from Santa Clara election officials as of 7:15 a.m. on March 9, 2011

Support

Supporters

Arguments in favor of Measure A in the official voter pamphlet were signed by:

  • Andrew Ratermann, School Board President
  • Jim Canova, School Board Trustee, Area 2
  • Jim Foran, Director, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
  • MaryAnne Velard
  • Erik D. Kaeding

Arguments in favor

The main arguments in the official voter pamphlet in favor of a "yes" vote on Measure A were:

  • A planned real estate development in North San Jose will add 16,000 new properties to the Santa Clara Unified School District. Measure A will force the developers and purchasers of these units to pay taxes that will go to the school district.
  • Measure A "requires developers to share the cost of school facilities with existing residents in a fair manner."
  • The Santa Clara Unified School District provides "an excellent education to all of its residents" and therefore, deserves to be supported with more tax dollars.

Opposition

Opponents

The arguments/rebuttal arguments in the official voter pamphlet from Measure A's opposition were signed by:

  • Shilpa Patel, Resident of Millbrook, Santa Clara USD Parent
  • Thomas E. Doherty, Santa Clara USD Parent, Tech Consultant, Homeowner
  • Deborah Hill, Resident of Villagio Condo @ River Oaks
  • Pamela Sell, 12 year Resident of California Renaissance
  • Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Kimberly J. Lain, SCUSD Parent
  • Kansen Chu, San Jose City Council Member
  • Patricia M. Dando, President/CEO San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce

Arguments against

The main arguments made against Measure A in the official voter pamphlet were:

  • "Measure A will raise taxes on every single property owner for 30 years and it will cost new homeowners $1,960 annually."
  • "Don't believe it when the proponents suggest that your taxes will 'go down after they go up'. It's just as likely your taxes will 'go up... and then up...and then up again' because the approved housing developments and the schools, parks, and retail they would build could be abandoned if Measure A passes."
  • "North San Jose developers are already offering to pay more than their fair share of development fees for schools. As a matter of fact, the developers have offered the district 250% of the required fees, a very significant offer of over $40 million. The developers' $40 million offer could pay for a brand-new state of the art K-8 school in North San Jose."
  • "Measure A doesn't include independent oversight or audits of the $788 million to ensure accountability, and the district is spending $155,000 on this special election that would be better spent in the classroom."

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure A: To prevent severe overcrowding and excessive busing of students, maintain local neighborhood schools, and meet future classroom facility needs created by new residential housing, shall Community Facilities District No. 2011-1 of the Santa Clara Unified School District (the "CFD"), be authorized to levy an annual special tax of $19.00 on existing residential units, and a one-time and annual special tax on new residential units as prescribed in the Resolution of Formation adopted on November 23, 2010 ("Resolution 10-47"); and shall the CFD be authorized to issue up to $788,000,000 in bonds, with interest at a rate or rates established at such time as the bonds are sold in one or more series at fixed or variable interest rates, such rates not to exceed any applicable statutory rate for such bonds, the proceeds of which will be used to pay for the Facilities described in Resolution 10-47, the principal and interest on such indebtedness to be paid from the special taxes so levied; and shall an appropriations limit be established for the CFD pursuant to Section 8(h) of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, said appropriations limit to be equal to the maximum amount of bonded indebtedness authorized to be incurred for the CFD?

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