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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Fremont Unified School District
Measure L - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

25,009 votos si (54.86%)

20,578 votos no (45.14%)

100% de distritos activos (97/97).

To ensure quality education and maintain stable funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall Fremont Unified School District's measure attracting and retaining highly qualified educators; enhancing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) opportunities for students; maintaining math, science, reading and writing programs; restore smaller class size; annually levying $296 per parcel for 9 years, raising $18.3 million each year, with senior exemptions, independent citizens' oversight, and all funds for Fremont students, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Alameda County Registrar of Voters

 

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE L

ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY COUNSEL FOR THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA OF A
FREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL PARCEL TAX MEASURE

 

Measure L (“Measure”), a Fremont Unified School District (“District”) special parcel tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual special parcel tax of $296 per parcel. The tax would last for nine years commencing on July 1, 2020.

The Measure defines a parcel as any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the District’s boundaries that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes. Upon application to the District, any parcels may be treated as a single parcel if they: are contiguous; are used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes; and are held under identical ownership.

If approved, the District will use the revenue for the specific purposes outlined in the full text of the Measure printed in this sample ballot. Those purposes include, but are not limited to: attracting and retaining educators; enhancing science, technology, engineering, arts and math opportunities for students; and maintaining core academic programs in reading, writing, math, and science.

Upon application to the District by June 15 of any year, an exemption may be available to any owners 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 when the tax would apply; or (b) persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or (c) persons receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines.

The Measure imposes certain accountability provisions, such as depositing the proceeds in a separate account. The proceeds shall be applied only to the purposes identified above. The District will establish an oversight committee to review the expenditure of tax revenues. The Measure also requires an annual written report showing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of projects funded by the revenues.

 

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 do not vote for approval, it will fail, and the District will not be authorized to levy the special parcel tax.

This Measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.

 

DONNA R. ZIEGLER
County Counsel

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Argument in Favor of Measure L

Vote Yes on L to protect quality core academic programs in science, technology, engineering and math, and to attract and retain highly qualified teachers in Fremont's neighborhood schools.

Our Fremont schools have a proud tradition of providing quality education that prepares our students for success in college, careers and life.

However, Fremont Unified School District is one of the lowest funded districts in Alameda County. Voting Yes on L will ensure local students have access to the same quality of education as students in neighboring communities.

Without Measure L, Fremont Unified will be forced to make deep cuts to academic programs, layoff teachers and increase class sizes.

Voting Yes on L will:

Attract and retain highly qualified teachers

Protect science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs

Maintain quality of instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing

Restore smaller class sizes

Maintain mental health counseling services to support students that are struggling

Measure L requires strict fiscal accountability:

By law, no money from Measure L be used for administrator salaries

Measure L requires independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and reports to the community to ensure the funds are used as promised

Every penny from this measure will benefit Fremont elementary, middle and high schools, and cannot be taken away by the State

Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting quality education is a wise investment. Good schools protect our quality of life and our property values.

Please join parents, teachers, seniors, local business and elected leaders in voting Yes on L to support our Fremont schools and students.

 

Sharon Coco, Longtime resident/senior

Bryan Gebhardt, Retired Trustee/Bond Oversight Committee Member

Sherea Westra, Teacher of the Year/Teacher

Peggy Herndon, CFO/Retired Board Trustee

Johanna Cho, Principal

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

School Parcel Tax Measure

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

To support academic excellence to retain and attract highly qualified educators, and to provide local reliable funding for local schools that cannot be taken by the State, with no proceeds used for administrators' salaries, benefits and pensions, the Fremont Unified School District ("District") proposes a school parcel tax for a period of nine (9) years, starting on July 1, 2020, at a rate of $296 per parcel per year, 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 educators;

  • Enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) opportunities for students;

  • Maintain and protect strong core academic programs in reading, writing, math, and science;

  • Keep schools safe, clean and maintained;

  • Restore smaller class size.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 50075.1, the proceeds of the school parcel tax shall only be applied for the purposes stated above. The proceeds of the parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.

Under no circumstances shall any of the proceeds of the school parcel tax be used for administrators' salaries, benefits or pensions.

DEFINITION OF "PARCEL"

For purposes of the 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. 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 parcel tax in such year.

For purposes of this 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 school 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 Measure I 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 school 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 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 that would otherwise occur.

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 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 school 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; and (e) the District will establish an parcel tax oversight committee to review the expenditure of parcel tax revenues.

¿Quién está a favor y en contra de esta iniciativa de ley?

Sí por Measure L

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No por Measure L
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