Scotts Valley Unified School District parcel tax, Measure K (June 2012)

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A Scotts Valley Unified School District parcel tax, Measure K ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the Scotts Valley Unified School District in Santa Cruz County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure K levies a $48 annual parcel tax for three years. It is anticipated that the tax will generate about $300,000 for the district during each of the three years it will be in effect, since there are about 6,500 taxable parcels in the district.[2]

The school district paid a polling company, Gene Bregman and Associates, to poll 250 community members to see what level of support existed in the community for a parcel tax. 72% of those polled said they would support a parcel tax in the range of $48/year.[3]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval. There are approximately 12,000 registered voters in the district.[2]

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 4,545 76.11%
These final election results are from the Santa Cruz County elections office.


Logo of the "Scotts Valley Save Our Schools" campaign
  • "Save Our Schools Scotts Valley" is a group that supported the parcel tax. Derek Timm, a parent in the district, is a leader with the group.[1] According to Timm, "The goal of the campaign is to connect with individual voters and let them know exactly what this is for. It's not for administrators' salaries or buildings. It's for core academics of reading, writing, math and science, all the money is going back into the classroom, it will be controlled 100 percent at the local level, and the state cannot take it away."[2]
  • School board trustee John Abel voted to put the measure on the ballot. He said, "I don’t think we can wait. We have been waiting, hoping the situation in Sacramento will get better. I think the situation is not getting better, it’s actually getting worse. It’s time to take matters into our own hands as much as possible. Basically, every dollar we can get by ourselves will help us. We’ve got to do what we were planning to do and that is to protect the school district to the best of our ability."[3]
  • School superintendent Penny Weaver said, "Any amount to help mitigate the deficit we are facing will enable us to continue delivering programs and services to our children who are our purpose and our future. I believe they deserve that we ask the question."[3]
  • The editorial board of the Santa Cruz Sentinel endorsed Measure K, saying, "Measure K won't solve all the district's financial problems. But it's a start and it's essential if residents want to keep teachers on the job and students achieving."[4]
  • The Scotts Valley Senior Coalition endorsed Measure K.[5]

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