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Foothill-De Anza Community College District
parcel tax for Foothill-De-Anza CCD - 2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 73,404 / 58.00% Yes votes ...... 53,162 / 42.00% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 23 2:45pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (271/271)|
|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To protect Foothill College/De Anza College from State budget cuts, provide local funding that cannot be taken by the State, preserve affordable, quality education for students, including:
The Board of Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (Board) proposes levying a qualified special tax on each parcel of taxable real property within the district. The owners of each parcel of taxable real property in the district would annually pay $69 per parcel for a period of 6 years, commencing July 1, 2011.
The purpose of the tax proposed by Measure E is to: maintain core academic classes such as math, science, and writing; prepare students for careers in science, technology, computers, engineering and math; restore funding to increase the number of classes and lab offerings; prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in a timely manner; improve support services for students with disabilities; keep the libraries open and maintain critical library services and resources; maintain job re-training programs; and provide essential student and support services. The proceeds of this special tax would not be used for administrators' salaries or benefits.
The owner of any parcels that are (i) contiguous, (ii) used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes, and (iii) held under identical ownership may be treated as a single parcel for purposes of this parcel tax, upon submitting evidence of such facts by June 15th of any year to the Board. The proceeds of the special tax would be deposited into a separate fund. The proceeds could only be used for the purposes identified in the measure. An annual written report would be made to the Board showing the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from proceeds of the tax. The Board would also be required to appoint a citizens' oversight committee to ensure the tax proceeds are spent for the specific purposes approved by the voters, and this oversight committee would report annually to the Board and community regarding expenditure of the funds.
A "yes" vote is a vote to approve a $69 per year per parcel qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a six-year period of time.
A "no" vote is a vote not to approve a $69 per year per parcel qualified special tax on parcels within the District for a six-year period of time.
|Arguments For Measure E||Arguments Against Measure E|
|Vote Yes on E so Foothill and De Anza colleges can continue to provide excellent academic courses enabling our students to transfer to four- year universities and to compete for careers in math, engineering, technology and science.
Every penny from Measure E will benefit our students. No funds will be taken by the State or used for administrative salaries. An independent oversight committee will ensure funds are used properly. Measure E will automatically expire in six years.
Our local community colleges are more important than ever. As UC and CSU increase tuitions and turn away more students, Foothill and De Anza become the only affordable option for many.
More than $20 million has been cut from the Foothill and De Anza budget because of State funding reductions. Many courses, as well as hundreds of faculty and staff positions have been eliminated, and administration has been reduced to the bare minimum.
Yet demand for community college courses continues to increase dramatically. This year thousands of students couldn't get the classes they needed, and with on-going state cuts, the problem will only get worse.
Measure E will provide stable funding the State cannot take away. It will:
Please join our leaders in education, business, technology and healthcare and vote Yes on E.
/s/ Bruce P. Swenson
This tax is unfair! It ask residents of the district to subsidize the education of those who attend Foothill-De Anza and do not live and pay taxes in the district. Since there is no senior exception, it places an unfair burden on those with fixed income.
You NO vote on Measure E is the only way you have to hold the district board and administration accountable. An independent oversight committee is no substitute for the power of your vote.
Vote No on Measure E
/s/ Douglas A. McNea
|Measure E is a property tax increase. Vote NO!
Last year the State raised income taxes, sales taxes, and car taxes. It was the biggest tax increase in California history. Wasn't that enough for the State's community colleges? Now they want to raise property taxes too? Vote NO!
Community colleges can charge students tuition. That's fair, since many students attending college in Foothill-De Anza are not district residents. They come from other parts of California, other states, even other countries.
Community colleges already receive a share of our property taxes - about $80 million a year! Besides that, in 2006 local voters approved a $490.8 million bond measure for this district, to be repaid through higher property taxes.
District homeowners already bear a significant tax burden for this district. Why should our property taxes be raised even higher to subsidize the education of adults, many of whom don't live here, and don't pay the tax themselves?
Now is not the time for more taxes. Thousands of employees are layed off or furloughed. Self-employed business owners have less work, or have closed altogether. Yet their property taxes are still due. Everyone who can't afford this new tax will lose their homes.
California is the most overtaxed state in America. Property taxes are high enough! When do we get to keep some money to support our own families? Vote NO on Measure E.
For more information visit http://www.SVTaxpayers.org.
/s/ Douglas A. McNea
Local students need Foothill and De Anza more than ever. As UC and CSU increase tuition and turn away more students, our local community colleges are essential for providing math, science , engineering and other knowledge and skills needed for local jobs and to transfer to universities.
Every penny from Measure E must stay locally and cannot be taken by the state. The cost is just $69 (less than $6 per month). A citizens' oversight committee will ensure funds are spent properly.
Foothill and De Anza fuel our economy by providing the highly skilled workers Silicon Valley needs. Measure E is a smart investment in our workforce.
Vote Yes on E.
/s/ John L. Hennessy
|Full Text of Measure E|
FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE
To protect Foothill College and De Anza College from State budget cuts, provide local funding that cannot be taken away by the State and preserve affordable, quality education for students, Foothill-De Anza Community College District proposes to establish an education parcel tax for a period of six years, beginning July 1, 2011, at the rate of $69 per year, on each assessor's parcel located within the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and to implement accountability measures in connection with the temporary levy to ensure the funds are used to:
(a) maintain core academic classes such as math, science, and writing;
AMOUNT OF EDUCATION PARCEL TAX; PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT
The education parcel tax shall be $69 (or less as provided below) per year for six (6) full years assessed against each parcel.
The proceeds of the education parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.
DEFINITION OF "PARCEL"
For purposes of the special tax, the term "Parcel" means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Foothill De-Anza Community College District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Santa Clara County Assessor/Tax Collector's office. 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 parcel tax in such year.
For purposes of this special tax, any such "Parcels" which are (i) contiguous, (ii) used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes, and (iii) held under identical ownership may, by the owner submitting evidence of such facts by June 15 of any year to the Board of Trustees of the Foothill De Anza Community College District, be treated as a single "parcel" for purposes of the levy of this education parcel tax.
REDUCTION IN TAX IF RESULT IS LESS OTHER GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
The collection of the education parcel tax is not intended to decrease or offset any increase in local, state or federal government sources that would otherwise be available to the Foothill De-Anza Community College District during the period of the education parcel tax. In the event that the levy and collection does have such an effect, the Foothill De-Anza Community College District shall cease the levy or shall reduce the education parcel tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset in other revenues.
EXEMPTIONS FROM THE TAX
Current applicable California law does not provide any exemptions from the payment of the educational parcel tax, including exemptions for owners of parcels who are either 65 years of age or older or receive Supplemental Social Security income for a disability, regardless of age. However, in the event applicable law changes during the term of this educational parcel tax, the District intends to grant both seniors and disabled persons receiving SSI an exemption, to the extent legally permissible.
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 education parcel tax levied in accordance with this Measure: (a) the specific purposes of the education parcel tax shall be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the education 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 parcel tax must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report shall be made to the Board of Trustees of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the education parcel tax and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the education parcel tax, as identified above.
Under no circumstances shall any of the proceeds of the educational special parcel tax be used for administrators' salaries or benefits. Parcel tax proceeds shall only be spent for De Anza College, Foothill College, Foothill Educational Center (Middlefield) and central services.
In addition to the accountability measures required by State law, an Oversight Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees to monitor the expenditures of these funds by the District and will report on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.