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Potential Parcel Tax Measure

Potential Parcel Tax Measure
 
The Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) provides an outstanding and well-rounded education for local high school students. Our dedicated teachers and staff work hard to prepare students for success in college and modern careers.  To continue making progress in these and other important areas, we will need increased local funding support. At a time when state funding for schools is unreliable and insufficient, local funding support is critical in order to improve our educational program for students.
 
Great Teachers Prepare Students for Future Success
 
Despite the recent achievements of our students and sustained improvements within CUHSD, state funding for local schools remains inadequate. We lose great teachers to nearby districts that offer higher salaries or teachers are forced to move to more affordable areas.
 
Increased local funding for our high schools will help retain our great teachers, maintain high-quality academic programs and provide similar academic opportunities as nearby school districts. 
 
Local Funding for Students and Teachers
 
To maintain the high quality of education in Campbell Union High School District, the Board of Trustees is considering placing a local school parcel tax measure on a future ballot.  If approved by voters, a local measure could:
  • Attract and retain the best teachers by offering more competitive salaries
  • Provide students with the same rigorous academic opportunities as students in nearby school districts in math, science and English
  • Provide mental health counseling for students struggling with stress and depression, including suicide prevention
  • Support career, technical education classes to train students for high-demand jobs such as technology, health care, and engineering
  • Increase academic counseling services
 
Fiscal Accountability Required
 
Every penny raised by the measure will go directly to our high school’s educational programs:
  • None of the funds can be taken away by the State 
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits would be required
  • Senior citizens would be exempt from the measure

What financial challenges does CUHSD face?

While we are proud that our student outcomes are competitive with top districts in the area, unfortunately, funding for local schools remains inadequate. We lose great teachers to nearby districts that offer higher salaries or teachers are forced to move to more affordable areas. We also have growing enrollment without increased funding. We are a community-supported district, which means we receive a majority of our funding from local property taxes and not from average daily attendance as most districts in the state are funded. As enrollment increases, we do not receive additional funding to compensate for the additional staff new students require.

 

How does CUHSD plan to address these challenges?

To maintain our high-quality of education, the Campbell Union High School District Board of Trustees is considering placing a local school parcel tax measure on a future ballot. CUHSD's current parcel tax is $85, which is comparatively lower than nearby school districts, making it difficult for the District to provide competitive programs and teacher salaries. 

 

cuhsd parcel tax comparison chart

 

What would a potential measure fund?

If approved by two-thirds of voters, funds from the measure could:

  • Attract and retain the best teachers by offering more competitive salaries
  • Provide students with the same rigorous academic opportunities as students in nearby school districts in math, science and English. 
  • Provide mental health counseling for students struggling with stress and depression, including suicide prevention. 
  • Support career technical education classes to train students for high-demand jobs such as high-tech, health care and engineering. 
  • Increase academic counseling services.
 

I don’t have children in school, how would this measure benefit me?

Whether or not you have school-age children, we all benefit from living in a community with great schools. In addition to preparing our students to secure good jobs and contribute to our economy, quality schools keep property values high. This assessment will protect the great local high schools that make your area such a desirable place to live.

 

How can I be sure that funds would be spent as promised?

A potential measure would include mandatory fiscal account provisions.

  • Every penny raised by the measure will be used for our local high schools. 
  • None of the funds could be taken away by the state. 
  • Independent citizens' oversight and annual audits would be required. 
  • Senior Citizens would be exempt from the measure.  

 

Would senior citizens receive an exemption from Parcel Tax measure?

Yes. Through a simple application process, senior citizen homeowners, aged 65 and older, would receive an exemption from their primary residence by filling out a form and providing proof of age and residency.

 

Would I be able to vote on the potential measure?

All registered voters (including renters) within the boundaries of Campbell Union High School District are eligible to vote on the potential measure.

 

What level of support would this measure need to pass?

This measure would need to be supported by at least 66.7% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass.

 

How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683.