Saratoga Union School District parcel tax, Measure B (May 2012)

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A Saratoga Union School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the May 8, 2012 ballot for voters in the Saratoga Union School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure B levies a $68 annual parcel tax for eight years. Because there are about 7,500 parcels in the district, approximateley $476,000 in parcel tax revenue will be raised each year by the tax. Seniors will be able to apply for an exemption.[1]

The election was held as a mail-in ballot election. A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,950 69.3%
No1,75030.7%
Election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office as of 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Support

Tom Cobourn was the chairman of a campaign committee dedicated to securing approval of Measure B. He said, "We have a great group of parents, teachers and community leaders who are eager to make sure this measure passes for our students."[1]

The editorial board of the San Jose Mercury News endorsed Measure B, saying, "It would pay for core academic programs and materials, to retain teachers, and to avoid cutting instructional days. The district already has imposed furloughs and layoffs and increased class sizes."[2]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B: To provide stable funding the State cannot take away, protect outstanding academic programs in reading, writing, math and science, retain qualified teachers, help protect the full number of instructional days in the school year, and provide books/instructional materials, shall Saratoga Union Elementary School District authorize to levy $68 per parcel annually for eight years with independent oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, a senior citizens’ exemption and all funds staying local?[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mercury News, "School district asking voters to just say 'YESS' to parcel tax this spring," February 14, 2012
  2. Mercury News, "Vote yes on school parcel taxes," May 2, 2012
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.