Moraga School District parcel tax, Measure B (November 2013)

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A Moraga School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the Moraga School District in Contra Costa County, California. It was narrowly approved.

This measure authorized the Moraga School District to levy a parcel tax of $192 per parcel for six years. The district tried to pass a parcel tax of $225 per parcel last year, Measure A, which would have lasted indefinitely. It was approved by 65% of the vote, which was just short of the 66.67% super-majority required.[1]

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

Election results

Moraga School District parcel tax, Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,969 68.36%
No1,83731.64%
These final, certified results are from the Contra Costa County elections office.

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

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

To maintain the high quality of Moraga schools and

continue funding for effective math, science, music and arts programs; maintain manageable class sizes; keep schools safe and well maintained; keep school libraries open; keep classroom technology up-to-date; and attract and retain the best qualified teachers; shall the Moraga School District levy a temporary six-year $192 parcel tax with an exemption for low-income seniors, independent audits, and with all funds staying local to benefit Moraga students?[1]

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Support

Supporters

Below is a list of official voter pamphlet arguments:

  • Dave Trotter, Mayor of Moraga Town
  • Edy Schwartz, Retired Executive Director of Moraga Chamber of Commerce
  • Diana Obrand, Past President of Moraga Education Foundation Parent
  • Tara Rochlin, Parent Business Leader
  • John Haffner, Moraga Citizen of the Year

Arguments in favor

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Proponents of Measure B argued that the funds from Measure B were needed by the district to fund such things as:[2]

  • Core academic programs in math, science and technology
  • Manageable class sizes
  • Funding for art and music programs
  • Safe and well-maintained schools
  • School libraries and up-to-date classroom technology
  • The ability to attract and retain the most qualified teachers
  • Measure B funds must be spent locally to benefit Moraga children. NO funds can be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

Supporters also stressed that every penny would go to support classroom instruction and that no money would be used for administrators’ salaries since Measure B funds can only be used for programs approved by the voters.[2]

Official arguments

Media endorsements

Although the Contra Costa Times opposed last year's Moraga School District parcel tax, Measure A, it urged voters to vote yes on Measure B.[3]

Opposition

No opposition for Measure B was found. If you would like to submit an argument for this section email the Local Ballot Measures staff writer.

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