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Parcel Tax

Special District
June 5, 2018California Primary Election

Millbrae School District
Measure N - 2/3 Approval Required

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To support students with funds that cannot be taken by the State, to: maintain 21st century, hands-on science labs, technology, engineering/math instruction; strengthen reading/writing programs; attract/retain qualified teachers; and restore art/music programs; shall Millbrae Elementary School District levy $97 per parcel, raising $700,000 annually for 5 years, exempting seniors, providing funds for classroom instruction, not administrators' salaries, requiring independent citizen oversight and all funds staying local?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and State law authorize school districts to levy qualified special taxes for specified purposes. Government Code Sections 50077 and 50079 provide that such a tax measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on it vote to approve the measure.

By this Measure, the Board of Trustees of the Millbrae School District ("District") proposes a special tax on parcels in the District that would raise funds to support various educational purposes outlined below. If this Measure is approved, an annual tax of $97 per parcel would be imposed starting July 1, 2018, for a period of five years, with the tax ending June 30, 2023. The District estimates $700,000 would be raised annually by the tax.

The proposed tax applies to any unit of real property which lies wholly or partially in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from San Mateo County tax collection officials. Parcels otherwise exempt from such property taxes will be exempt from this proposed tax. Any individual owning and occupying a parcel as a single-family residence may apply for an exemption to the tax if they also: (1) are age 65 years or older; (2) receive Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or (3) receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and have an annual income not exceeding 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines.

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to: maintain 21st century, hands-on science labs, technology, engineering, and math; strengthen reading and writing programs; attract and retain qualified teachers; and restore art and music programs.

The proceeds of the tax shall only be used for the stated purposes and for no other purposes. The Measure states that no proceeds may be spent on administration salaries or benefits.

The District will provide the following accountability measures for the tax proceeds: the proceeds will be placed into a special account; an annual report accounting for the proceeds collected and expended and the status of projects or programs funded by the tax will be filed with the District's Board of Trustees; and an indpendent citizens' oversight committee will be established to oversee expenditures of the proceeds. 

The Measure states that the proposed tax is not intended to jeopardize local, state, or federal funding and, if any such funding is reduced or offset because of the tax, the District may reduce the amount the tax levied as necessary to restore the funding. Also the District's appropriations limit shall be increased annually if necessary to ensure revenue from the tax may be spent for the listed purposes. 

A "Yes" vote on this measure would impose an annual tax of $97 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of five years begin ning July 1, 2018, for the purposes listed above.

A "No" vote on this measure would not allow the parcel tax to be levied. 

The measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes."

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on N so Millbrae students receive the high quality education they deserve.

Millbrae School District provides an outstanding education to our elementary and middle school students. Thanks to dedicated teachers and rigorous academic programs at Green Hills, Lomita Park, Meadows, Spring Valley, and Taylor Middle School, our students go on to excel in high school and college.

Millbrae schools, however, are among the lowest funded in San Mateo County. Our schools need stable, locally controlled funding to protect strong academic programs and keep great teachers in our classrooms.  That's why Measure N is so important.

Measure N will protect our excellent schools and help teachers provide 21st century instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our global economy has higher standards than ever before and Millbrae students need a strong academic foundation that prepares them to compete and succeed.

Measure N requires local control and accountability. All funds will stay in our community and directly support local classrooms.

Vote YES for Millbrae students:

 * maintain 21st century, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math instruction

 * attract and retain qualified teachers

 * strengthen reading and writing programs

 * provide hands-on science labs

 * restore art and music programs

Vote YES on N for local control:

 * all funds will support Millbrae School District schools - no funds can be taken away by the State

 * no funds can be used for administrators' salaries or benefits

 * independent citizens' oversight committee and annual audits are required

 * senior citizen homeowners are eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure

Studies show that a well-rounded education including art and music helps students learn and achieve. Our students are counting on us to support their education and vote YES on N. 

Join Millbrae's elected leaders, local business owners, longtime residents, realtors, parents, and teachers and vote YES on N for our Millbrae students.

 

/s/ Daniel F. Quigg, Former Mayor of Millbrae

/s/ Karen Chin, Millbrae Support Our Students Parent Chairperson

/s/ Gerald Kennedy, 55 year Millbrae resident

/s/ Julie DiMaio, Teacher

/s/ Angie Sam-Lee, Local Business Owner

Arguments AGAINST

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the Millbrae Elementary School District claims they need more money to continue providing quality education.

Have they earned this additional tax that will cost you $485 over the next 5 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let's look at the latest student test scores for Math learners attaining proficiency.

 * 2015-16 school year results: 61% meeting proficiency

 * That means 39% do NOT meet standards

 * Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 61% on a test, that would be a D- grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters, reward a 39% failure rate with more money?

If no, we encourage you to vote No on Measure N.

 * For English, only 66% met or exceed standards!

No wonder that student enrollment is declining.

Millbrae Elementary School District is already spending $9,900 per student

For an average class of 26 students, that's $259,740 per class per year

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $83,991 per shortened work year

Yet the District administration wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says no funds will be used for administration. But, funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

Tell the Millbrae Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting No on Measure N.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

For more information, please visit us at http://www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-millbrae-parcel-tax

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments FOR

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the Millbrae Elementary School District claims they need more money to continue providing quality education.

Have they earned this additional tax that will cost you $485 over the next 5 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let's look at the latest student test scores for Math learners attaining proficiency.

 * 2015-16 school year results: 61% meeting proficiency

 * That means 39% do NOT meet standards

 * Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 61% on a test, that would be a D- grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters, reward a 39% failure rate with more money?

If no, we encourage you to vote No on Measure N.

 * For English, only 66% met or exceed standards!

No wonder that student enrollment is declining.

Millbrae Elementary School District is already spending $9,900 per student

For an average class of 26 students, that's $259,740 per class per year

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $83,991 per shortened work year

Yet the District administration wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The measure says no funds will be used for administration. But, funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

Tell the Millbrae Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting No on Measure N.

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don't be misled by the two opponents of Measure N. They are not Millbrae residents; they don't understand our community and they don't have children in our schools. These two individuals oppose every measure in San Mateo County without taking the time to understand the issues.

Here are the facts:

 * Student test scores are well above the State's standard for excellence. Our schools provide an outstanding, well-rounded education to Millbrae students but we need Measure N to protect strong academic programs and retain qualified teachers.

 * Millbrae School District is among the lowest funded districts in San Mateo County. Every other school district in our county receives more funding per student. Millbrae students deserve better.

 * Measure N is fiscally responsible. Accountability protections are built into Measure N. All funds are locally controlled and citizens' oversight is required.

 * No Measure N funds can go to pensions or administrator salaries. By law, funds can only support programs outlined in the measure. Take a look at the full ballot text printed in your voter pamphlet to see for yourself.

 * Measure N equips Millbrae students with the tools they need to succeed. Measure N maintains 21st century, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math instruction so students are prepared for high school and college. Let's not gamble with our kids' future.

Our Millbrae community is united in its support for our schools. A YES vote is an investment in our community, our schools, and our students' futures.

Join us - support Millbrae schools and Millbrae students. Vote YES on N!

 

/s/ Julie Turner, Certified Public Accountant

/s/ Sammy Yim, Business Owner

/s/ Joseph Teresi, Jr, 2013 Millbrae Man of the Year

/s/ Calvin Chin, Business Manager

/s/ Maureen Davis, Millbrae Realtor 

 

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