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Jefferson Union High School parcel tax, Measure Y (June 2012)
Measure Y will levy a $48 annual parcel tax for four (4) years.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.
On May 3, 2011, voters in the district rejected Measure C, which would have imposed a $96/year parcel tax for four years. Voters also defeated Measure P on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Measure M also would have imposed a $96/year tax for four years.
- Kalimah Salahuddin said, "I have volunteered to chair the campaign to support this measure because I want my children to receive the best education possible. We have great teachers and academic programs in our schools, but we need stable funding in our classrooms so local students continue to succeed. I look forward to the work ahead to achieve a victory in June."
- Sergio Robledo,a teacher at Oceana High School, said, "The state’s repeated funding reductions threaten academic programs and classroom instruction. Our schools need this stable source of funding to protect our quality academic programs."
- Len Stone, a member of the Pacifica City Council, said, "This measure will not only support our high schools, but it is also fiscally sound. Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits will ensure that every dollar is used for voter-approved purposes and no funds can be used for administrators’ salaries. This is what our high schools need to continue graduating well-educated and well-prepared students in our communities."
- Lisa Davis said that if Measure Y did not pass, the district would face a crisis in terms of its ability to prepare students for jobs in the high-tech sector: "It’s a crisis both for our students and what they need, preparing them for the future, but also for our community."
- Tim Minshew, the superintendent of the district, said, "We have excellent high schools in our communities and student achievement continues to rise. Oceana, Westmoor and Terra Nova have been recognized as California distinguished schools and we need to continue to provide a quality education that prepares students for college and future careers."
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE Y: "To protect quality education for all students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, by: enhancing math, science, reading, and writing skills; providing career training, college preparation, and 21st century computer instruction; attracting and retaining qualified teachers; shall Jefferson Union High School District levy $48 annually per parcel for four years, exempting senior citizens, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, and all funds benefiting Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Westmoor, and Thornton high schools?"|
- Full text of Measure Y
- Impartial analysis of Measure Y
- Argument in favor of Measure Y (no opposing argument was submitted)
- Protect Our High Schools
- Pacifica Patch, "High School District Hopes Third Time's a Charm with Parcel Tax," March 9, 2012
- Mercury News, "JUHSD parcel tax on June 5 ballot," May 22, 2012
- Effective Governance Teams, "May 3 School Parcel Tax Results," May 3, 2011
- San Francisco Examiner, "Measures S, W, Y may help youths with ABCs," May 16, 2012
- Mercury News, "JUHSD board approves parcel tax for June ballot," March 13, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.