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Davis Joint Unified School District
Measure G - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

19,243 votes yes (68.1%)

9,033 votes no (31.9%)

99.9% of precincts reporting (2/1).

19 ballots counted

To attract and retain quality teachers and staff by keeping compensation competitive in order to (a) preserve outstanding instruction in math, science, reading, writing, history, social studies and technology; (b) support arts, music; (c) limit class sizes; and (d) support student health and safety; shall a Davis Unified School District ongoing parcel tax of $198/year, adjusted annually for inflation, be adopted, raising approximately $3,000,000/year, with senior, disability, employee exemptions and citizens oversight; for Davis schools only?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

PHILIP J. POGLEDICH, COUNTY COUNSEL

Measure G, a Davis Joint Unified School District ("District") Parcel Tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual parcel tax beginning on July 1, 2020, on all Parcels of taxable real property in the District at a rate of $198.00 per parcel annually, increased for inflation every July 1 beginning in the 2021-22 tax year. The parcel tax will be levied every year until such time as the Board of Education ("Board") of the District or the voters modify, replace, or eliminate it in accordance with applicable law. The District’s voters authorized a parcel tax with Measure H, which will expire at the end of the 2024-25 tax year. If approved, the parcel tax from this measure will be in addition to Measure H until Measure H expires.

A school district may levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast. (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 at the rate described above until modified, replaced, or eliminated by the Board. 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 and who meets any of the following criteria: aged 65 years and over; receiving Supplement Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, with a yearly income below a specified amount; or persons who are District employees meeting certain criteria. The District shall make all determinations regarding an employee's eligibility for this exemption. Applications for such exemptions must be made and delivered to the District in accordance with the process established by the 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 of providing funds to keep competitive compensation for certificated and classified District staff persons. Proceeds may not be used for any non-specified purposes and will be allocated each year by the Board. The measure further provides for an annual written report detailing the funds collected and expended and the status of any authorized project or expense. The Board 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 parcel tax.

 

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Measure G will maintain the Davis tradition of educational excellence for the children in our schools by supporting our teachers and school staff for about 50 cents a day.

 

Teachers in Davis schools are at the center of student achievement. Keeping teacher and support staff salaries competitive attracts the best educators to our schools and prevents staff from leaving for higher paying districts. Currently, Davis teachers and staff are paid less on average than those in other schools in our region. Measure G fixes this systemic problem and ensures high quality public education into the future.  

Measure G allows our school district to:   

 

 

  • Attract and retain outstanding teachers and educational staff.
  • Maintain a high quality education for our students by preserving excellent academic programs in reading, writing, math, history, arts, and science. 
  • Ensure students have the teaching support needed to prepare them for college and 21st century careers.

 

 

Salaries for Davis teachers and school staff are lower than neighboring school districts. Measure G provides dedicated funding to close this compensation gap.  It will help Davis recruit and retain the best educators, maintaining our community tradition of educational excellence in our public schools, and preserving strong property values.   

 

 

All funding raised by Measure G will go directly to raising pay for our teachers and support staff.  

 

 

Measure G protects seniors by providing a waiver. 

 

 

California spends less on education per pupil than most other states.  Recent changes in state law have reduced DJUSD’s share of funding even further.  Local action is needed to honor our commitment to our educators.

 

 

Join students, parents, seniors, business and community leaders, the Davis Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association and Support Measure G!  www.MeasureGYes.com

 

 

Delaine Eastin, Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

Ryan Davis, President of the Davis Schools Foundation

 

Roxanne Deutsch, 2nd Grade Teacher, DJUSD 

 

William (Bill) Roe, Davis Business and Community Leader

 

JoAnn Diel, Retired Minister and Davis Public School Teacher

Arguments AGAINST

Davis residents have consistently supported increasing taxes for our schools. However, after careful analysis, we urge a NO vote on Measure G.  To ensure the continued health of our community, other options for increasing teacher salaries should be explored. 

 

Please consider these facts and questions:

 

Our district receives four times more voter-levied tax dollars/student than any other district in our region. The DJUSD currently receives funds from four separate parcel tax increases. Since 2010, the amount of parcel tax a Davis homeowner pays to support Davis schools has increased by more than 100%. Might existing funds be better used to increase teacher salaries?

 

Were Measure G to pass, the owner of a home with an assessed value of $391,000 would pay $1,400/year in school parcel taxes. This offsets the benefits of Proposition 13—designed to keep aging and lower-income residents in their homes. How would Measure G impact the age and economic diversity of our community?

 

Measure G raises taxes on thousands of acres of farmland. Doesn’t this offset the benefits of the Williamson Act—designed to protect the farming community so vital to our Davis heritage?  

 

Measure G would tax a 900-square-foot home the same as a 50-unit apartment building. Why are homeowners bearing an unfair share of school parcel taxes? Shouldn’t taxation be based on the square foot of the structure such as in other districts?

 

Many California school districts are funded almost exclusively by LCFF, Federal and other State revenues. Might the DJUSD better obtain funding from these sources?  

 

Each year over 600 students from other districts receive inter-district transfers to attend Davis schools. Is it fair that these students are subsidized by our tax dollars?

 

Vote for responsible school funding. Send Measure G back to the school board for revision. Vote NO on Measure G. 

Mary McDonald

 

          School Psychologist, Parent

 

John Hoover

 

          President, Yolo County Taxpayers Association

 

Katie Kelly

 

          Davis Farmer, Parent

 

Tom Randall Jr.

 

          Davis Resident

Replies to Arguments FOR

Supporters of Measure G present an emotional appeal without providing the background voters need to make an informed decision. After researching the facts, we cannot support Measure G. Better solutions exist for increasing teacher salaries. 

 

Please consider: 

In 2016 we approved Measure H, a $620/year parcel tax supporting Davis schools. In 2018 we approved Measure M, giving our schools 11 million annually for 30 years. Now, we are being asked to raise taxes yet again. Might existing funds be used to increase teacher salaries?

 

 

The median household income of Davis residents is $57,000/year. Can homeowners afford over $1,400/year in school taxes? Can tenants afford rent increases resulting from these taxes? 

 

 

Farmers and homeowners already bear a disproportionate weight of school taxes, yet Measure G taxes a small plot of farmland or home the same as an office building or hotel. Might restructuring Measure G resolve this issue?

 

 

Unless modified, Measure G raises taxes yearly without end. Shall our poor planning burden future generations?    

 

 

Two statewide measures, designed to increase funding of K-12 schools will be on the March/November 2020 ballot. Shouldn’t we wait for the voters' response to these before increasing school parcel taxes? 

 

 

We are a group of concerned Davis residents representing all, including farmers, low-income, seniors and future generations. We trust the innovation and diligence of the DJUSD to devise alternative funding and/or fair taxation practices to increase teacher salaries.  

 

 

Give the school board a chance to improve their proposal. Vote NO on Measure G.

 

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

www.noparceltaxes.org

 

 

s/ Mary McDonald, School Psychologist, Parent

 

s/ John Hoover, President, Yolo County Taxpayers Association

 

s/ Katie Kelly, Davis Farmer, Parent

 

s/ Tom Randall Jr., Davis Resident

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The “No” position’s claims are simply not supported by the facts:

 

  • CLAIM: The District receives substantially more funding than other regional districts.
    • FACT: DJUSD receives less funding from the State than average districts in the region.  Local funding from the existing parcel tax was approved by voters to fund community priorities in science, the arts, libraries, and other programs.
  • CLAIM: There is existing money available to fund teacher increases elsewhere in the budget.
    • FACT: 85% of District costs are for employee compensation.  DJUSD already spends less than comparable districts for the remaining non-employee costs.  Increasing teacher compensation requires additional local funding or a reduction in teachers and corresponding reduction in programs. 

 

  • CLAIM: This creates economic hardship for senior citizens on fixed incomes.

 

    • FACT: Measure G provides seniors an exemption if they so choose.  

 

  • CLAIM: This “offsets” the Williamson Act for thousands of acres of farmland.

 

    • FACT: Measure G has no impact on the Williamson Act, a state law, and most Davis farms are taxed as one parcel.

 

  • CLAIM: DJUSD should seek more funding from the State of California.

 

    • FACT: The State funding for each district is legally fixed by a formula. 

 

  • CLAIM: DJUSD has hundreds of out-of-boundary students who unfairly benefit from those who pay the tax.

 

    • FACT: Each out-of-boundary student provides more than $8,900 in State funding to DJUSD.  Having these students attend our schools enables the District to maintain a steady enrollment, avoiding significant budget and program cuts. 

 

s/ Alan Fernandes, DJUSD Trustee

 

s/ Joe DiNunzio, DJUSD Trustee

 

s/ Victor Lagunes, President Davis Teachers Association

 

s/ Sande Royval, President California School Employee Association - Davis

 

s/ Cory Koehler, Executive Director Davis Chamber of Commerce

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