Measure E Parcel Tax
The Facts About MEASURE E
- Funding for Davis schools remains uncertain.
- The 2012-13 California state budget assumes passage of Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education to maintain current funding levels for schools. Successful passage of Prop 30 requires the approval of a majority of California voters.
- Failure of Prop 30 will result in a $3.7 million cut this year. This amounts to approximately 5% of total revenue to the Davis Joint Unified School District.
- Measure A, a local Davis parcel tax, sunsets in June 2013. If not renewed, the District will lose another $3.2 million.
- The District must prepare for the loss of $6.9 million in revenue for the 2013-14 school year.
- The Davis School Board placed Measure E on the local November ballot to renew Measure A and to protect schools from further reduction in state funding. Passage of Measure E requires the approval of two-thirds of Davis voters.
- If California voters approve Prop 30, Measure E only renews Measure A.
Davis voters will be asked to vote yes or no on Measure E:
- To offset the continued loss of significant state funding, shall the Davis Joint Unified School District be authorized to continue a special tax for a period of 4 years not to exceed the base annual rate of $20.00 per dwelling unit for multi-dwelling parcels and $204.00 per parcel for all other parcels, and levy up to an additional $242.00 to cover State funding shortfalls ONLY if the November 2012 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education initiative does not pass?
- If California voters approve Prop 30 and Davis voters approve Measure E, Davis residents will not pay the component of Measure E that protects against additional state funding cuts.
The purpose of Measure E is to continue programs and services currently funded by Measure A, including:
- Reduced class sizes for K-6, English and math;
- Availability of classes in core subjects such as science and history;
- Availability of multiple foreign language programs;
- Availability of elective course offerings such as fine art and Career Technical Education;
- Retaining counseling staffing;
- Continued targeted achievement support in reading and math; and
- Continued availability of school site safety and support staff.
Measure E also maintains the district’s current funding and protects programs and teachers from state budget cuts should Proposition 30 not be approved by California voters.
For more information on the district’s budget, Measure E, Proposition 30 and California school finance, visit www.DistrictDollars.org.
The election for Measure E is November 6th
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