Reed Union School District Parcel Tax, Measure B (May 2014)

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A Reed Union School District Parcel Tax, Measure B ballot question is on the May 6, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Reed Union School District in Marin County, California, where it was approved.

Measure B authorized the Reed Union School District to renew for eight years an expiring parcel tax and increase it by $138 per parcel per year. The tax was designed to allow annual three percent increases to cover increases in operation costs. Measure B also included exemptions for senior citizens.[1]

Prior to Measure B, district taxpayers paid a parcel tax of $508 per parcel per year. Measure B sought to renew this parcel tax for eight years and increase it to $646 per parcel.[2]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure B.

Election results

As on 8:00 PM PST the election results for Measure B were:

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,921 77.69%
No83922.31%
Election results from Marin County Elections office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

To support excellent academic programs and high-quality, 21st-century education by: Retaining highly qualified, experienced teachers; Supporting innovative core academic programs and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs; Minimizing class size increases; Supporting art, music, and library programs; Shall Reed Union School District renew its expiring education parcel tax for eight years, with a one-time increase of $138, and 3% annual adjustments, with senior exemptions, no money for administrator salaries, and funds staying local? [3]

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure G:[1]

  • Alice Fredericks, mayor of the town of Tiburon
  • Bill Smith, local realtor and former Mayor of the city of Beledere,
  • Dana Linker Steele, president of the RUSD Board of Trustees, RUSD parent and alum
  • Patti Stadlin, former president of Foundation for Reed Schools and former board member of the Belvedere-Tiboron Library Foundation

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following was submitted as the official argument in favor of Measure B:[1]

We are proud to have top-quality local schools serving Tiburon, Belvedere and Corte Madera. Our teachers are the most experienced and effective and our students have the highest test scores in Marin year after year. Measure B is critical to maintaining this level of academic excellence.

Since 1990, Reed schools have relied on voter-approved local funding that sustains challenging academic programs, keeps great teachers in our classrooms and maintains the smallest class sizes possible. These funds go directly to Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar schools and stay under our local control. No funds can be taken by the State or redirected to other school districts. No funds can be used for administrator salaries, and seniors are eligible for an exemptions.

Without Measure B this local funding is now set to expire.

Voting YES on B will renew funding to:

  • Retain highly-qualified, experienced teachers
  • Support innovative core academic programs and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs
  • Minimize class size increases
  • Support art, music and library programs

Measure B requires strict taxpayer protections:

  • No funds can be taken by the State
  • No funds for administrator salaries
  • Mandatory annual audits and reports
  • Seniors are eligible for an exemption

In the last five years alone student enrollment has grown by 35% - with no new funding to support these hundreds of new students. Measure B will help minimize class size increases and ensure that students get the individual attention that they need. Whether or not you have aged children, protecting the quality of our local schools is a wise investment. Good schools protect our property values and our quality of life.

Join parents, teachers, seniors, local business leaders, and other across our community - Vote YES on B. [3]

—Alice Fredericks, Bill Smith, Dana Linker Steele and Patti Stadlin, [1]

Editorials

  • The Marin Independent Journal advocated a "yes" vote on Measure B, writing:[2]

THE QUALITY of its public schools is one of the primary reasons people choose to move to the Tiburon Peninsula. The success of Reed Union School District's top-performing schools is reflected in local real estate prices.

But more important, it is reflected in the education and educational opportunities the community's children get in Reed classrooms. Its schools showcase the priority the community places in the education of its children.

[...]

Parcel taxes are an important part of local support and control of schools. Measure B asks voters to continue to support their schools. It is a wise investment.

The IJ recommends Reed district voters fill out their ballots, mail them in and support Measure B. [3]

—The Marin Independent Journal editorial board, [2]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure B. If there is an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer

See also

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