Measure C was passed in 2010 to offset state funding cuts that threatened core academic programs in Santa Clara Schools. Measure C was successful in raising the additional funds that were required to protect these programs that ensured quality education in schools. Currently, this measure provides a secure, stable source of local funding that the District can count on each year.
Measure C Funds
On May 6, Cupertino residents will vote to approve the current tax rates for $250 educational parcel tax. Two-third majority is needed for passing. On June 3, Milpitas residents will have the opportunity to approve existing funding for Measure C without raising taxes. This vote ensures that existing Measure C funds will be used for schools and cannot be taken by the State of California. Currently, these funds are used to maintain core academic programs like Science, Math, and Language Arts. These funds are also used for innovative teaching programs, technology, and engineering. These programs prepare students for college and successful careers by retaining qualified teachers.
Measure C Spending
Spending is monitored by independent citizens. Annual audits ensure that funds are spent for schools and not for administrator salaries. Exemptions are available for seniors, and homeowners. The existing measure costs property owners $84 per parcel per year. Parcel taxes are a form of property tax based on the value of the property (ad valorem). Prop 13 allows local districts to levy non-ad valorem taxes if supermajority of 2/3 of the voters approve. Thus, this non-ad valorem tax, paid by the owners of parcels of real estate, can range from flat amounts per parcel to one based on parcel lot square footage (building square footage). School districts will assess residential and non-residential parcels using varying methods. ” California is the only state that allows parcel taxes as a method of funding schools.”
Community Based Effort
Passing Measure C is community-based volunteer effort. Local volunteers are contacting voters directly via phone banks and neighborhood door-to-door walks. Each district’s measure will appear on the May 6th and June 3rd ballots. At least 66.67% votes are needed to win on Election Day. Measure C will expire in 8 years. Renewal will be determined by voter approval.