Information on Measure O

Measure O Fact Sheet

 
Background: Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) schools serve an essential community need. As the local provider of public high school education, Campbell Union High School District‘s purpose is to enable students to construct their futures. Exceptional teachers, manageable class sizes, challenging instructional programs, high quality academic and career-training programs, student mental health services, and outstanding science, art, and music curricula have prepared generations of local children to succeed in college, careers, and life. Our goal is to continue that proud tradition. 

The challenge we continue to face, however, is the fact that the level of school funding provided by the State of California is one of the lowest in the nation. The State of California does not adequately fund its public schools, and even community-funded districts like CUHSD do not receive adequate funding to provide an exceptional, well-rounded educational experience to our high school students. We need local funding to fill in the gap. Fortunately, local voters have generously supported CUHSD with school funding measures (parcel taxes) in the past to protect and maintain the local quality of education. However, our current parcel tax is expiring next year, 2023. Without the renewal of this funding, about $5 million a year, will expire and disappear from Campbell school budgets. CUHSD will have to make cuts at our local high schools to academic programs, increase class sizes, and reduce positions including: 5 College and Career Specialists, about 16 different teachers, and 1 Coordinator of Career Readiness – All funded by the current parcel tax.
 
Measure O DEFINED: Measure O Measure O is a local annual parcel tax renewal measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot seeking voter authorization for Campbell Union High School District to continue funding that supports our local public high school students in grades 9-12 and maintains high-quality educational programs, including academic instruction in science, math, English, advanced placement, art, music, technology, and vocational courses; helps recruit/retain qualified teachers; provide mental health services, and more. Measure O requires 66.7% support to pass. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan; a “NO vote” rejects the plan.  All Campbell Union High School District voters registered by October 24th, 2022 will be eligible to vote.
 
Measure O Ballot Question: “To continue funding academic/career-training programs in math, science, engineering, technology, arts and skilled trades that support college/career readiness; attract/retain qualified teachers/specialists; provide student mental health services and maintain manageable class sizes, shall the Campbell Union High School District measure renewing the expiring school parcel tax be adopted at the current rate of $85 per parcel (no increase), continuing $5,000,000 in annual school funding for 10 years, with senior exemptions and all money staying local?”
 
Measure ­O Summary – Measure O will:
  • Continue funding career-training/technical education programs in computer programming/skilled trades.
  • Maintain math, science, engineering, and technology programs.
  • Attract and retain highly qualified teachers and specialists.
  • Maintain manageable class sizes.
  • Protect visual arts, music, and performing arts programs.
  • Provide student counseling and mental health services.
  • Maintain athletics/after-school programs that keep kids active, on the right track, and away from drugs/crime.
 
Taxpayer Protections:
  • By law, ALL funds from Measure O must STAY LOCAL, dedicated to CUHSD schools ONLY.    
  • The State CANNOT take Measure O funding away.
  • Measure O will not raise your taxes. This is simply an extension of an already existing parcel tax in the amount of $85 per year for each parcel of property.
  • Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits will ensure Measure O funds are spent properly.
  • An exemption from the tax is available for senior property owners 65 years and older and persons with disabilities.
 
For more information:
To learn more, contact: Superintendent Robert Bravo via email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Measure O?
Measure O is a local annual parcel tax renewal measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot seeking voter authorization for Campbell Union High School District continue funding that supports our local public high school students in grades 9-12 and maintains high-quality educational programs, including academic instruction in science, math, English, advanced placement, art, music, technology, and vocational courses; helps recruit/retain qualified teachers; provide mental health services, and more. Measure O requires 66.7% support to pass. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan; a “NO vote” rejects the plan.  All Campbell Union High School District voters registered by October 24th, 2022 will be eligible to vote on Measure O.
 
Why has the Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) placed Measure O on the ballot? 
As the local provider of public high school education, Campbell Union High School District‘s purpose is to enable students to construct their futures. Exceptional teachers, manageable class sizes, challenging instructional programs, high quality academic and career-training programs, student mental health services, and outstanding science, art, and music curricula have prepared generations of local children to succeed in college, careers, and life. Our goal is to continue that proud tradition.
The challenge we continue to face, however, is the fact that the level of school funding provided by the State of California is one of the lowest in the nation. The State of California does not adequately fund its public schools, and even community-funded districts like CUHSD do not receive adequate funding to provide an exceptional, well-rounded educational experience to our high school students. We need local funding to fill in the gap. Fortunately, local voters have generously supported CUHSD with school funding measures (parcel taxes) in the past to protect and maintain the local quality of education. However, our current parcel tax is expiring next year, 2023. Without the renewal of this funding, about $5 million a year, will expire and disappear from Campbell school budgets. CUHSD will have to make cuts at our local high schools to academic programs, increase class sizes, and reduce positions including: 5 College and Career Specialists, about 16 different teachers, and 1 Coordinator of Career Readiness – All funded by the current parcel tax. 
 
What is the actual question that will be on the ballot in November?
Measure O Ballot Question: “To continue funding academic/career-training programs in math, science, engineering, technology, arts and skilled trades that support college/career readiness; attract/retain qualified teachers/specialists; provide student mental health services and maintain manageable class sizes, shall the Campbell Union High School District measure renewing the expiring school parcel tax be adopted at the current rate of $85 per parcel (no increase), continuing $5,000,000 in annual school funding for 10 years, with senior exemptions and all money staying local?”
 
How will proceeds from Measure O be used?
Continue funding career-training/technical education programs in computer programming/skilled trades.
Maintain math, science, engineering, and technology programs. 
Attract and retain highly qualified teachers and specialists. 
Maintain manageable class sizes.
Protect visual arts, music, and performing arts programs.
Provide student counseling and mental health services. 
Maintain athletics and after-school programs that keep kids active, on the right track, and away from drugs and crime.
 
What is the current level of CUHSD funding approved by local voters? 
Measure E – In 2013, Campbell Union High School District voters authorized $85 per parcel/year in funding that supports our local public high school students in grades 9-12 and maintains high-quality educational programs, including academic instruction in science, math, English, advanced placement, art, music, technology, and vocational courses; helps recruit/retain qualified teachers; and more. This funding will expire in June 2023 and cannot be extended without a new vote and approval of CUHSD voters.
 
What will happen if CUHSD’s current voter-approved funding is not renewed?
Without renewing Measure E, some existing local school funding, about $5 million a year, will expire and disappear from Campbell school budgets. The District will have to make cuts at our local high schools to academic programs, increase class sizes, and reduce positions including: 5 College and Career Specialists, about 16 different teachers, and 1 Coordinator of Career Readiness – All funded by the current parcel Tax. 
 
Who is the Campbell Union High School District?
Schools include: Branham High School, Del Mar High School, Leigh High School, Prospect High School, Westmont High School, Camden Post-Secondary, and Boynton High School.  Campbell Union High School District is a public high school district serving over 8,600 students every day.
 
How will this effort improve instruction?
We strive for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, student counseling and mental health services, and outstanding math, science, engineering, technology, and art programs are essential to student achievement and have prepared generations of local Campbell children to succeed in college and careers. A parcel tax will allow us to replace the reduced or non-existent state funding and maintain the high quality of education at all Campbell UHSD schools.  Teaching and learning benefit by maintaining these programs.
 
What about other funding? 
Our school district makes every effort to use resources wisely. We have tightened our belt, improved efficiencies, and made cuts as far away from the classroom as possible. We have also conducted a full assessment of all of our local high school instructional program needs—including the need to continue funding academic programs in math, science, engineering, technology, arts and skilled trades that support college and career readiness; attract and retain qualified teachers and specialists; provide student mental health services and maintain manageable class sizes. It is clear we need additional local revenue to fund our core priorities. Accordingly, we are now exploring asking our community to support the renewal of our local parcel tax to continue protecting the high quality of education in Campbell Union High School District schools. 
 
How do I know the money will be spent properly? 
Any potential parcel tax approved by voters will REQUIRE taxpayer protections. All money raised by the measure will stay local to support our students. It cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. No money from the measure will be used to pay for administrators’ salaries. Every penny will go into supporting classroom instruction and student services. This potential measure requires a clear system of accountability including public disclosure of how all funds are spent, a Citizens' Oversight Committee, and independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly. 
 
What about the Lottery? Wasn’t the Lottery supposed to fix our schools?
The funding our school District receives from the Lottery each year comprises less than 1.4% of our annual General Fund Budget. Thus, Lottery funds alone are simply not enough to fund the programs that our schools and students need. 
 
No one in my household attends Campbell Union High School District 9-12 schools? Why should I pay attention to this process?
Good schools are the foundation of any healthy, thriving community. Good schools create continual demand for housing, which stimulates the local economy and keeps property values high and neighborhoods strong. Investing in local schools is a wise investment in the quality of life for everyone in the community.
 
I am a senior citizen; do I have to pay the tax? 
Senior citizen homeowners 65 years or older are eligible for an exemption through a simple application process. We do not want this measure to become a burden to those living on a fixed income. To find out more about how to apply at https://www.cuhsd.org/apps/pages/parcel_tax
 
How much will the parcel tax measure cost?
The Campbell Union High School District Board of Education has put Measure O on the ballot for local voters to decide. Measure O will renew the existing Measure E parcel tax, without increasing tax rates for another 10 years. Pending voter approval, the cost to local property owners will be $7.08 a month or $85 a year, per parcel, for 10 years to provide a stable, local source of funding for Campbell high schools that cannot be taken away by the State.
 
What is a parcel tax and how can the funds be used?
A parcel tax is flat tax levied on each parcel of land in the district, commercial and residential. Unlike a property tax, it is NOT based upon the assessed value of your property – rather each parcel is taxed at the same total amount. Parcel taxes are considered a “special tax” and therefore require a supermajority of 66.7% in order to pass. Parcel tax funding can be used for any type of spending – allowing the District to use these funds to address its most pressing priorities such as continuing funding for academic and career training, maintaining excellent instruction in math, science, technology, engineering, and art, retaining exceptional teachers and specialists, providing mental health services for students, and maintaining manageable class sizes.
 
Will businesses share in the cost of the tax?
Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to the same flat rate per parcel.
 
Who makes the final decision on a local school parcel tax measure? 
The locally elected Campbell Union High School District Board of Education is the legal entity that must take action to call for an election. Taking such an action would then put the question to local voters to decide. Ultimately, Campbell UHSD REGISTERED VOTERS would have the final say when they vote for or against the measure. 
 
Who would be eligible to vote on a local school parcel tax measure? 
All registered voters within the Campbell Union High School District would be eligible to vote on such a measure.  
 
Where can I go for more information?  
To learn more, contact: Superintendent Robert Bravo via email: [email protected]