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Special District

Hope Elementary School District
Measure S2018 - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


3,514 votes yes (69.56%)

1,538 votes no (30.44%)

100% of precincts reporting (12/12).

To support academic excellence; maintain safe facilities; fund Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs; protect art/music programs; and provide stable funding the State cannot eliminate; shall the Hope Elementary School District levy an education parcel tax of $79 annually for five years, raising approximately $360,000 annually, provide a senior citizens' exemption, have an independent citizens' oversight committee, with no funds for administrators' salaries, and require all funds to be spent on local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Santa Barbara County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Hope Elementary School District (District), which is the governing board of the District.

If approved by 2/3 of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the District to levy a parcel tax in the amount of $79 per parcel in the District. According to the measure, the parcel tax would be used for the following purposes:

  • Art and music programs;
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs;
  • Improve student-to-teacher/instructional aid ratios;
  • Maintain safe school facilities;
  • Programs for high performing and at-risk students; and
  • Protect the taxpayers’ investment in quality education andensure District accountability by providing for citizen oversightof revenues and expenditures.

The measure states that under no circumstances shall any of the proceeds of the education parcel tax be used for administrators’ salaries, benefits, or pensions.

The measure provides that the parcel tax shall be levied commencing with the 2018-2019 fiscal year of the District, and shall be collected with, and in the same manner and subject to the same interest and penalties as, general ad valorem taxes collected by the County Treasurer-Tax Collector. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District. The tax would be levied annually for a period of 5 years.

The measure provides for exemptions from the parcel taxes, following submittal of a qualifying application, for 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. Persons 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.

The parcel tax measure includes the following accountability requirements:

     A. A statement indicating the specific purposes of the special tax.

     B. A requirement that the proceeds from the parcel tax be used only for the above purposes.

     C. The proceeds of the parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.

     D. An annual written report shall be made to the Governing Board of the District showing the amount of funds collected and the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the parcel tax.

In addition to the accountability measures required by law, if the measure is approved, the District will also establish an oversight committee to provide oversight by reviewing parcel tax revenues in accordance with this measure.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni County Counsel

February 26, 2018

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Hope School District comprises Hope, Monte Vista, and Vieja Valley Elementary Schools. Our schools are jewels of this community! In addition to providing a well-rounded and high quality education to our youth, the campuses provide space for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Guide Dogs, SB Youth Orchestra, Strings, and Symphony Junior Ensembles, Good News Club, County Elections, summer camps, homeowner associations, YMCA, and several athletic organizations. A YES on Measure S benefits our students and the entire community!

Schools provide more than just basic education fundamentals. Hope School District, like most California districts, is experiencing rising costs with little increases in revenue. Only about 6.5% of our budget comes from the State with the remainder from local property taxes, parent donations, and our educational foundation. Even with fundraising at an all-time high, we have little to no means of meeting the swiftly rising expectations and expanding mandated services. California is the world’s 6th largest economy, yet we rank near the bottom on almost every indicator of education funding and staffing, even at Hope School District.

Measure S makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. By law, all parcel tax funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. Spending will be annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee. Measure S also provides an exemption for any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65+ years of age or with a disability.

Our district is a high performing, sought after district. Measure S is crucial to maintaining this level of excellence. Quality schools benefit everyone by contributing to safe, attractive neighborhoods and sustaining high property values. Please support our community with a YES on Measure S!

Yes on S! Schools and Students First! Great Schools = Great Neighborhoods

The undersigned author(s) of the direct Argument in Favor of ballot measure S2018 at the Statewide Direct Primary Election for Hope School District to be held on June 5, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Suzanne Perkin 2/26/18 Member & Secretary of Hope School District & Educational Foundation, Friends of Hope School District

/s/ Linda Lorenzen 2/26/18 Retired educator/parent/grandparent/Realtor

/s/ Steven York 2/26/18 Senior citizen/Monte Vista grandparent, friends of Hope District

/s/ Brian Johnson 2/26/18 President HSD Board of Trustees

/s/ David Hicks, President 2/27/18 President HSD Education Foundation

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

Arguments AGAINST


— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor
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