Voter Guide for November 8, 2016

Presidential General Election

DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Measure H



 



 


DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY YOLO COUNTY COUNSEL
MEASURE H
Measure H, a Davis Joint 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 $620 per year on each
parcel of taxable real property for a period of eight years,
beginning 2017-18 tax year. The District's voters previously
authorized Measures C and E which will expire at the end
of the 2016-17 tax year. If approved, this measure will
replace Measures C and E. The special parcel tax shall
be adjusted annually commencing with the 2018-19 tax
year for inflation in the manner set out in the measure.
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 eight years at the rate described
above. The tax will be collected by the County Tax
Collectors of the Counties of Yolo and Solano at the same
time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes
are collected.
Upon application to the District, an exemption from
tax assessment may be granted to any owner of a parcel
who occupies the parcel as a principal residence for
each tax year 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. Applications for such exemptions must
be made and delivered to the District in accordance with
the process established by the Davis Joint Unified School
District Governing Board (”Board”), or its designee.
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, but are not limited to, providing
outstanding academics in math, science, reading, writing,
instructional technology and programs in athletics, arts
and music; providing high quality teachers; limiting class
sizes; and supporting student health and safety. Proceeds
may not be used for any non-specified purposes. 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.
The District will appoint a 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.
Dated: July 21, 2016.
/s/ PHILIP J. POGLEDICH, COUNTY COUNSEL
By HOPE P. WELTON, SENIOR DEPUTY
The above statement is an impartial analysis of
Measure H. If you desire a copy of the Measure, please
call the Yolo County Elections at (530) 666-8133 or
(800) 649-9943, or call the Solano County Registrar of
Voters at (707) 784-6675 or (888) 933-8683 and a copy
will be mailed at no cost to you. The full text of the
Measure may also be viewed online at: http://www.
yoloelections.org/voting/sample-ballots.

 


DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE H
The Davis community has supported local schools
with parcel taxes since 1984. As state funding levels
decreased, Davis residents consistently stepped up to
make sure that important programs are preserved for
Davis students.

Measure H renews two expiring taxes that Davis parcel
owners already are paying with a slight increase to
preserve current funding levels for key school programs.
The funding in Measure H is about $52 per parcel, per
month. Measure H also continues the exemption for
seniors.

Measure H supports class size reduction, retains 100
teaching and staff positions, and maintains outstanding
academic programs in the core areas of math, science,
reading, and writing. Measure H provides funds to support
struggling students, especially in math and reading. It
also funds innovative science, art and music programs,
as well as athletics, and keeps our K-12 school libraries
open.

A few years ago, the state adopted a new funding
formula for schools. Each school district receives a base
grant, and schools with larger populations of high-need
students receive more supplemental funds. Under the
new formula, Davis schools will receive lower funding
than other districts.

In this new era, without the parcel tax, Davis is a below-
average-funded school district. Measure H allows our
district to protect quality educational programs and to
have a true say in how our dollars are spent.

Measure H makes sense, whether you have children who
benefit directly from Davis schools, own a home that has
increased in value because great schools drive higher
home values, or you believe that investing in our children
is the right thing to do.

Vote Yes on Measure H for continued support for excellent
schools in Davis.
/s/ Sally Plicka, retired educator/principal
/s/ Martha Beetley, retired reading specialist teacher
/s/ Joe DiNunzio, elementary school parent
/s/ Kevin Williams, high school teacher
/s/ J.D. Denton, Davis business owner

 


DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF
MEASURE H
The primary argument in favor of Measure H is that
it represents an amount we “already are paying with a
slight increase ...”. The proponents fail to mention that
most of that amount was adopted in response to the
“2008 – 2012 California Budget Crisis”, an event that has
its own Wikipedia page.
Thus, a series of new Parcel Taxes were adopted in
addition to the pre-existing Parcel Tax (Measure Q): In
2008, Measure “W”; in 2011 Measure “A”; and in 2012
both Measure “C”, which continued Measures “W” and
“Q”, and Measure “E”, which continued Measure “A”.
Ballot arguments for these measures asserted the need
“to make up the shortage of state funding”, and that “there
have been significant cutbacks in school administration”
[Measure W], that it was “an emergency, short-term,
local response to the latest round of state funding
cuts” coupled with the elimination of “administrative
positions” [Measure A], “at a time when state funding
… has been reduced” [Measure C], with the promise
that “Administrative positions have been abolished and
salaries reduced” by the School Board [Measure E].
But since the end of the State Budget Crisis, the
School Board has awarded retroactive pay raises to the
Administrators in the District Office, and brought back
the administrative positions that had been “abolished”,
including a new “Public Information Officer”. Moreover,
the School District budget includes a “reserve” fund
twice the amount required by statute.
. VOTE NO ON BROKEN PROMISES VOTE NO ON MEASURE H.
/s/ John A. Hoover, President
Yolo County Taxpayers Association
/s/ Carolyn Pfanner,
Rancher
/s/ Michael T. Nolan,
DHS Parent, Attorney at Law

 


DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE H
Measure H is seriously flawed. The voters need to send it
back to the School Board for a realistic measure focused
on core instructional values.
1. Most of Measure H represents a continuation of
taxes adopted as "emergency" measures in response
to a State Budget crisis. Now the State fully funds our
schools with a revised formula. But instead of making
the hard decisions to realign spending to match state
funding, the Board has taken the easy way out to keep
things the same.
2. Measure H is uncertain because it allows an increase
to reflect the "Consumer Price Index for all Urban
Consumers California”. This index only measures the
cost of living in two areas: San Francisco-Oakland-San
Jose, and Los Angeles-Anaheim-Riverside.
3. We can expect such increases because a majority of
the Board is on record as favoring a $750 Parcel Tax, with
one arguing for $960.00. Tied to inflation in Los Angeles
and San Francisco for 8 years, the tax may easily exceed $1000.00.
4. Unlike other property taxes, a Parcel Tax may not be
lowered because of a drop in property values or for a
depressed economy.
5. Measure H primarily benefits those deemed “gifted”
or “talented”. The majority in the “middle” get very little.
But because parcel tax spending for the few is protected,
future budget cuts will hit those students who need help
the most.
6. Measure H is too long. Of the past 11 Parcel Taxes,
only one has been as long as 5 years. All others have
been for four years or less. At 8 years, the School Board is
avoiding the responsibility of effective program oversight.
Measure H is TOO MUCH, it is TOO UNCERTAIN, it is
TOO LONG, and it benefits TOO FEW students.
. VOTE NO ON MEASURE H.
/s/ John A. Hoover, President
Yolo County Taxpayers Association
/s/ Carolyn Pfanner,
Rancher
/s/ Michael T. Nolan,
Parent / Attorney

 


DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT AGAINST
MEASURE H
The argument against Measure H has incorrect and
speculative points, the first being that the measure
should focus on “core instructional values” when it does
just that. Since 1984, Davis voters have supported our
schools through a parcel tax because we value core
programs that include music, science, support for
struggling students in reading and math, library research
time and athletics - programs that will receive continued
support through Measure H.
The opponents argue that Measure H primarily benefits
“gifted” students. This statement is false. Library services,
music, art, foreign languages, class-size reduction,
elementary science and music are some examples of
programs accessible to all students.
To see a complete list of the valuable academic and
extra-curricular programs funded by Measure H, visit:
www.djusd.net/parceltax

The opponents also claim that “the state fully funds our
schools.” That is misleading at best. Davis is a below-
average-funded district without the parcel tax. Davis
schools are not funded to even 2007-08 levels, and the
new state funding formula comes with mandatory budget
line items that do not go directly to student programs.
The inflation factor is not new to our parcel taxes, has
not been exercised annually, and the opponents' math is
absolutely wrong.
Measure H will expire in eight years, a term selected
because outreach showed the Davis community over-
whelmingly favors providing steady funding for our
schools.

Vote Yes on Measure H to continue Davis' long history
of outstanding academics and extra-curricular programs.
Support our schools. Vote Yes on H for all students!
/s/ Mele Echiburu, Davis teacher and parent
/s/ Kim Eichorn, Davis real estate agent and parent
/s/ Lori Duisenberg, Davis community leader and parent
/s/ Betty Patterson, Retired Davis family practice
physician, parent and grandparent
/s/ Jeff Simons, Davis business owner, Watermelon
Music and parent
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