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Special District

La Canada Unified School District
Measure LC - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

5,025 votes yes (70.67%)

2,086 votes no (29.33%)

To protect quality education in La Cañada schools, attract and retain highly qualified teachers, maintain manageable class sizes, and continue funding academic programs including advanced subjects, math, science, technology, engineering, arts, and robotics, shall La Cañada Unified School District's measure renewing the expiring school parcel tax at the current rate of $450 per parcel be adopted, continuing $2,500,000 in annual school funding until ended by voters, with annual inflation adjustments, senior exemptions, independent oversight, and all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Approval of Measure LC ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the La Canada Unified School District ("District"), which placed the measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 6-19-20, to renew the expiring school parcel tax at a rate of $450 per parcel of taxable real property ("Tax") beginning in the year 2020-21 and adjusted annually for inflation in an amount not to exceed 3% annually. If approved, the Tax will be levied annually beginning July 1, 2020, and continue unless and until the Tax is repealed.

The Tax revenues would be used to continue advanced academic programs in math, science, technology, as well as reading, writing and the arts; attract and retain qualified teachers; maintain manageable class sizes; and prepare students for the best colleges and universities and high demand careers.

Any parcels that are contiguous to each other, in actual use as one residential or non-residential economic unit, and held under identical ownership shall, upon approval of an application to the District, be treated as a single parcel for purposes of the Tax. The "contiguous treatment" is available as prescribed by the Governing Board. All property that would otherwise be exempt from ad valorem property taxes will also be exempt from the special parcel tax as determined by the Treasurer and Tax Collector. Additionally, exemptions are available, upon application to the District, on any parcel owned by: one or more persons aged 65 years or older who occupies the parcel as a principal residence ("Senior Citizen Exemption"), individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age ("SSI Exemption"), and for individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age and whose yearly income does not exceed 250 percent of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines ("SSDI Exemption"). These exemptions are available as prescribed by the Governing Board or as otherwise required by law. Although the decision of the District is final and binding as to the contiguous treatment of a parcel and the Senior Citizen, SSDI and SSI Exemptions.

The Governing Board shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to review expenditures of the proceeds of the Tax to ensure that such proceeds are applied only to authorized purposes. An account shall be established into which the proceeds shall be deposited. An annual report shall be filed with the Governing Board stating the amount collected and expended, and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded.

The taxes levied under this Measure shall be collected by the County of Los Angeles Treasurer and Tax Collector at the same time and manner, and subject to the same penalties, as general ad valorem property taxes. Unpaid taxes shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem property taxes.

This measures requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on LC to protect quality education in La Cañada Unified schools by renewing locally controlled funding that is set to expire.

Thanks to highly qualified teachers and challenging academic programs, LCUSD students consistently rank in the top 5% in state student achievement scores and 98% of LCUSD graduates go on to college.

Measure LC will continue $2.5 million in reliable, locally controlled funding to protect quality education in our schools against insufficient state funding. This local funding – which La Cañada USD has relied upon since 2009 – is set to expire in 2021. Without Measure LC, deep cuts will be required.

Measure LC will allow La Cañada USD to continue:
-  Attracting and retaining qualified teachers
-  Keeping class sizes manageable
-  Protecting advanced educational programs in subjects including science, technology, engineering, math and robotics

Measure LC requires strict accountability:
-  All funds must stay in La Cañada to benefit local schools
-  No funds can be taken away by the State
-  No funds can be used for administrator salaries
-  An Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly
-  Exemptions are available for senior citizens to ensure the cost is not a burden to those on fixed incomes

If we want local kids to graduate prepared to succeed in the competitive global economy, they need a high quality education that prepares them for in-demand careers in fields like science, technology and engineering.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools and the value of our homes is a wise investment. Analyses of recent home sales show that homes in the La Cañada Unified School District sell for 20% more than comparable homes just outside our school district. 

Please join La Cañada's most respected leaders and VOTE YES on LC to protect our local schools and our property values.

www.YesOnLCSchools.com

GREG BROWN
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Pro Tem

JOE RADABAUGH
Board President, La Cañada USD

SOO KIM CHOI
Board Vice President, Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital LA 

NEAL H. BROCKMEYER
LCF Educational Foundation Co-Founder/Lifelong LCF Resident

MELISSA MAZIN
LCFEF Endowment Trustee/Past President, La Cañada Council PTA 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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