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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Quality Education and Local Control Funding MeasureParcel Tax

Special District
June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Fremont Unified School District
Measure I Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

27,145 votes yes (70.28%)

11,477 votes no (29.72%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (112/112).

To continue funding for core programs in math, science and reading, provide local reliable funding for local schools that cannot be taken by the State, attract and retain highly- qualified teachers including quality science teachers, maintain math, science, reading and writing programs, keep school libraries open, relieve overcrowding in classrooms, maintain programs to prepare students for the workforce, and protect student safety and security, with no proceeds used for administrators' salaries, benefits and pensions, shall the Fremont Unified School District ("District") renew and extend its expiring voter approved education and local control parcel tax for a period of nine years from starting date of July 1, 2016 at a rate of $73 per parcel per year?

Background

Measure I, a Fremont Unified School District ("District") special parcel tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual special parcel tax in the amount of $73 on each parcel of taxable real property for a period of nine years, beginning July 1, 2016. The District’s voters previously authorized Measure K, which is a special parcel tax assessment at a rate of $53 per parcel that will expire on December 10, 2016. If approved, this measure will replace Measure K.

A school district has the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposal. (See Cal. Const. Art. XIII A, § 4; Art. XIII C, §2; Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 50075-50077, 50079, & 53722.) If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, a special parcel tax will be imposed annually for nine years at the rate described above. The tax will be collected by the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are collected.

Upon application to the District, an exemption of any tax assessment year may be granted to any owner of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes who is: aged 65 years and over; receiving Supplement Security Income for a disability regardless of age; or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits regardless of age with a yearly income below a certain amount. Any person who receives an exemption from Measure K automatically qualifies for an exemption from Measure I without filing a new application.

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the allocation of the funding revenue will be used for the specific purposes set forth in the full text of the measure printed in this sample ballot. These purposes include, among others, attracting and retaining teachers, keeping school libraries open, protecting student safety and security, and relieving classroom overcrowding. The measure further provides that the District’s Board shall receive an annual written report detailing the funds collected and expended and the status of any project. Proceeds may not be used for any non-specified purposes, such as administrator salaries. The District will also maintain the existing citizens’ oversight committee to provide oversight of the revenue expenditures.

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail, and the District will not be authorized to levy the special tax.

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District

 
— Alameda County Counsel

Arguments FOR

Fremont's outstanding schools need Measure I to renew existing voter-approved local funding that maintains quality education for Fremont's students. Thanks to your support, our schools have implemented essential academic programs that our students still need.

YES on I will allow the Fremont Unified School District to preserve math, science. reading and writing programs, keep school libraries open, support classroom technology and protect student safety and securityBy
improving local teaching and learning environments, Yes on I,attracts, supports, and retains highly qualified teachers. YES on I will allow FUSD to preserve essential programs to prepare students for college and the workforce with voter approved local funding that the State cannot take away.

YES on I includes strong oversight that guarantees benefits to all schools and provides fiscal accountability including:

  • Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee 
  • Annual independent audits
  • ALL funds will support Fremont public schools 
  • NO funds can be used for administrator salaries or pensions

Yes on I expires in 9 years. Currently exempt seniors who are 65 and over will continue to be exempt. Seniors who do not have a current exemption, but qualify, may apply.

 

Join the Fremont Board of Education, civic and business leaders, students. educators and school staff, parents and residents throughout Fremont VOTE - YES ON I!

www.supportfremontschools.corn

 

Thank you,

BILL HARRISON, Mayor

ANU NATARAJAN, Chair, FUSD Bond Oversight Committee

DIRK LORENZ, Local Businessman and Taxpayer Advocate

SHEREA WESTRA, President, Fremont Unified District Teachers
Association

LILY MEI, Vice Mayor, Fremont 

— Alameda County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has plenty of money. According to its 2015-2016 Second Interim Budget Report, it is expecting a General Fund total revenue of $336.7 million and an ending balance of $41.4 million this school year - 3/9/16 FUSD School Board meeting agenda item 14.4.

Measure I was approved at the same 3/9/2016 School Board meeting as agenda item #14.3. In other words, FUSD School Board has decided to ask the people of Fremont to pay more property tax even before it has reviewed its own most recent financial numbers. FUSD clearly fails to explain why the current level of state/federal funding is insufficient.

On 6/3/14, Fremont voters has already generously approved Measure E - a $650 million school facilities bond. Ultimately, the entire Fremont community would
pay more than $1 bi
llion in property tax for its principal and interest. Series B of Measure E, $129.715 million, will be available to FUSD on 3/24/16 - 3.9/2016 School Board meeting Consent Calendar item #11.3. FUSD also has
plenty of money outside of its General Fund for its school facilities need.

Also, FUSD has been making many false benefit claims without ever mentioning how much money would be used specifically for what student benefits. FUSD did a voter survey and simply mentioned everything highly supported by Fremont voters. That's all. By contrast, in 2013, all FUSD employees including all administrators received an one-time 4% (relative to their salaries) payment and a 2% salary raise retroactive back to 2012. In 2014, all
emp
loyees received a 5.9% salary increase. In 2015, the salary increase is 5%. There is another salary negotiation underway this year for the 4th consecutive year. Measure I money would be used to mostly offset routine and normal
FUSD expenses.

Please reject. Draw a line. For the kids.

HU NG, Fremont Resident 

— Alameda County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Measure I is an attempt to renew Measure K. Measure K
is $53 for 5 years. Measure I is in fact $73 for 9 years. An
i
ncrease in both dollars and years has been made.

While Measure K and the new Measure I promise much.
Fr
emont Unified School District (FUSD) has consistently
failed to deliver. Please go to FUSD's website, www.
fremont.k12.ca_us,and search for the 2015-16 Measure
K Parcel Tax. Financial Report. It is dated 1/20/2016.
FUSD does not need Measure K or Measure I money to
pay for Library Technicians, Librarians, and Elementary
Compute
r Prep Teachers. That's all Measure K has been
doing
- shifting routine and normal costs.

Measure I would not provide additional benefits for
Fremont students.

FUSD pays teachers by seniority and education degrees.
Job Performance or "quality" has nothing to do with
anything. Some teachers try hard. Others are ineffective.
This is FUSD education reality,

In fact, FUSD needs to improve math (and music ... )
education. Not maintain it. The current Common Core
m
ath pathways have seen intense debates. For months,
many students and parents have attended School Board
m
eetings asking for positive changes. So far, nothing
effe
ctive has been done.

The so called "Independent" Oversight Committee is not
really independent. All members are appointed by the
School Board. People who are known to have second
opinion
s would not be appointed.

Thank you very much for reading true and honest comments
from a regular person. Measure I has no meaningful reality
behind it. Please vote no.

HIU NG, Fremont Resident 

— Alameda County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don't be misled! ALL Measure I funds must be spent only on preserving math, science, reading and writing programs for our students. KNOW THE FACTS:

FACT: State school funding is unpredictable. California still ranks as one of the lowest in the nation in per pupil funding.

FACT: All Measure I funds are legally required to be spent only on 'Fremont's excellent education programs that can't be taken by Sacramento politicians.

FACT: Since 2008, Fremont Unified has lost more than $90 MILLION dollars in education funding from the state. Without renewing local funding for our schools we may face cuts that will threaten the quality of education our students receive. YES on I maintains stable local funding for our schools, ensuring quality school programs.

FACT: Every Independent Citizen Oversight Committee has confirmed that all funds are being spent as voters intended - educating our children.

FACT: Measure I includes tough taxpayer protections/ guarantees:

·         Citizens Oversight Committee

·         Annual published financial audits

·         Expiration after nine years

·         NO funds used for administmtor salariesIpensions.

Measure I is essential to attracting and retaining highly
qualified teachers for 21st Century education.

Thank you Fremont, for your continued
support of our schools.

Vote YES ON I!

www.support.tremontschQols.com

s/LESLIE GUPTA , Chair, Measure K Oversight Committee

s/BERNARD L. STEWART, Washington Hospital Board of Director

s/CRAIG T. STECKLER, Fremont Police Department Chief, Retired

s/LINDA WASSERMAN,Senior Civic Leader

s/YANG SHAO, Trustee, Fremont Board of Education 

— Alameda County Registrar of Voters

Proposed legislation

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

To continue funding for core programs in math, science and reading, provide local reliable funding for local schools that cannot be taken by the State, attract and retain highly-qualified teachers including quality science teachers, maintain math, science, reading and writing programs, keep school libraries open, relieve overcrowding in classrooms, maintain programs to prepare students for the workforce, and protect student safety and security, with no proceeds used for administrators’ salaries, benefits and pensions, the Fremont Unified School District (“District”) proposes to renew and extend its expiring voter approved education and local control parcel tax for a period of nine years from starting date of July 1, 2016 at a rate of $73 per parcel per year (the existing Measure K which expires on December 10, 2016 shall be replaced by this Measure starting July 1, 2016), with an exemption available for senior citizens and certain disabled persons, and to implement accountability measures, including citizen oversight, to ensure the funds are used to help:

  • Attract and retain highly-qualified teachers including quality science teachers;
  • Protect quality academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing;
  • Relieve overcrowding in classrooms;
  • Keep school libraries open;
  • Maintain programs to prepare students for the workforce; and
  • Protect student safety and security.

The proceeds of the parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.​

DEFINITION OF “PARCEL”

For purposes of the high quality education parcel tax, the term “Parcel” means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Fremont Unified School District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Alameda County Assessor/Tax Collector, as applicable.  All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the education and local control parcel tax in such year.

For purposes of this education and local control parcel tax, any such “Parcels” which are (i) contiguous, and (ii) used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes, and (iii) held under identical ownership may, by submitting to the District an application of the owners thereof by June 15 of any year, be treated as a single “parcel” for purposes of the levy of the high quality education and local control parcel tax.

EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS AND SSI RECIPIENTS

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 50079 (b)(1), any owner of a Parcel used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes and who are either (a) 65 years of age or older on or before June 30 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the year in which the tax would apply, or (b) persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, or (c) receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, may obtain an exemption from the parcel tax by submitting an application therefore, by June 15 of any year, to the District.

Persons who are owners of Parcels used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes and currently exempted from the District’s expiring Measure K parcel tax shall automatically be exempted from this Measure without having to file a new application.

The District may establish administrative procedures to periodically verify the continuance of any previously granted exemption.

With respect to all general property tax matters within its jurisdiction, the Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector or other appropriate county tax officials, shall make all final determinations of tax exemption or relief for any reason, and that decision shall be final and binding.  With respect to matters specific to the levy of the high quality education and local control parcel tax, including any exemptions and the classification of property for purposes of calculating the tax, the decisions of the District shall be final and binding.

REDUCTION IN TAX IF RESULT IS LESS OTHER GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The collection of the education and local control parcel tax is not intended to decrease or offset any increase in local, state or federal government revenue sources that would otherwise be available to the District during the period of the parcel tax.  In the event that the levy and collection does have such an effect, the District may cease the levy or shall reduce the parcel tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset in other revenues.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

In accordance with the requirements of California Government Code Sections 50075.1 and 50075.3, the following accountability measures, among others, shall apply to the parcel tax levied in accordance with this Measure: (a) the specific purposes of the parcel tax shall be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the parcel tax shall be applied only to those specific purposes identified above; (c) a separate, special account shall be created into which the proceeds of the education and local control parcel tax must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report shall be made to the Board of Education of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the high quality education and local control parcel tax and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the parcel tax, as identified above.  In addition to the accountability measures required by law, the District will maintain its existing Citizens’ Oversight Committee to provide oversight as to the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

*End of Full Ballot Text of Measure*

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