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What is Measure N?

Measure N is a local parcel tax extension measure (a renewal of Measure H, a $164 per/parcel approved by voters in 2013) on the November 3, 2020 ballot seeking voter authorization to continue funding for Loma Prieta Joint Union School District to support students in grades K-8 by maintaining high-quality educational programs, attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers, and supporting physical education. Measure N does NOT increase tax rates, it simply extends our already existing modest parcel tax for another seven years.

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Why has the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District placed Measure N on the ballot?

The Loma Prieta Joint Union School District (LPJUSD) is committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child and maintaining the high quality of our mountain schools serving children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music curricula have prepared generations of local children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. Our goal is to continue that proud tradition. However, due to years of State budget cuts and our existing parcel tax expiring after the 2020-21 school year, District leaders have deemed it essential that the tax be extended to continue supporting our community’s children. The COVID-19 pandemic makes community support all the more important, because if we lack proper resources to adapt teaching to the new environment, our students risk falling behind in learning, physical wellbeing, and mental health.

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What is the official Measure N ballot question?

“To support high academic achievement for local students and provide stable local funding to maintain outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, history and science, retain qualified and experienced teachers, and prepare students for an excellent high school, shall Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District’s measure be adopted, extending without increasing its $164 school parcel tax for seven years raising $328,000 annually, with senior exemptions, independent citizen oversight, and all funds benefitting local students?”

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How will Measure N funds be used?

  • Maintain outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, history, and science
  • Retain highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Prepare Loma Prieta and C.T. English students to thrive in a rigorous high school environment

By law, ALL Measure N funds MUST stay local, dedicated to LPJUSD K-8 schools and students ONLY.

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Why now?

As we continue adapting to this new era, we’re faced with notable fiscal challenges. The ongoing health crisis has affected just about everyone financially; Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools are no exception. In addition to already limited school funding (the level of school funding provided by the State of California is one of the lowest in the nation), we are now looking at tens of thousands of dollars in further lost revenues. We are also approaching the expiration date of our existing Measure H parcel tax, which was approved by LPJUSD voters in 2013 and expires after the 2020-21 school year. Measure H funds are critical to our district; we rely on local revenue to supplement inadequate state funding.

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What was Measure H?

Measure H – Loma Prieta Joint Union School District. This $164 per-parcel/year funding supports grades K-8 and maintains high-quality educational programs, including reading, writing, math, and history, and hands-on science instruction; attracts and retains qualified and experienced teachers; and supports physical education to promote active and healthy living. Measure H, approved for 7 years, will expire after the 2020-21 school year. Measure H cannot be extended without a new vote of Loma Prieta Joint Union School District voters.

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What will happen if Measure N does not pass?

Without the renewal of Measure H, significant existing funding will disappear from LPJUSD school budgets, forcing us to make drastic cuts to academic programs, increase class sizes, and maintain only basics at our schools. Renewing Measure H (without increasing the tax rate) won’t address all our funding needs, but it will help retain exceptional teachers and protect core programs, especially in this period when state funding is likely to decrease in the wake of COVID-19.

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How can we be assured that the Measure N money will be spent properly?

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. By law, all funds raised by Measure N must stay local, dedicated to LPJUSD schools only. The State cannot take Measure N funding away. Measure N funding is only for school instructional and educational needs. No funds are allowed for administrators’ salaries. Additionally, Independent Citizens’ Oversight and mandatory audits will ensure funds are spent properly.

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What about other funding?

Our school district makes every effort to use resources wisely. The District has already had to slash its budget, improve efficiencies, establish a Budget Advisory Committee, and made cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, all while maintaining a high level of education for local mountain students. Unfortunately, years of state budget cuts have hurt our mountain schools. And now, with the ongoing financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we face tens of thousands of dollars in further lost revenues. Measure N is necessary! We depend on local revenue to supplement limited State funding.

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Will this effort improve instruction?

Yes. We strive for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Exceptional teachers, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs are essential to student achievement and have prepared generations of local children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. Renewing our parcel tax will allow LPJUSD to overcome the challenge of non-existent state funding and maintain the outstanding quality of education students receive at our schools. Teaching and learning benefit by maintaining these programs.

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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.

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No one in my household attends LPJUSD K-8 schools? Why should I pay attention to this process?

Good schools are the foundation of any healthy, thriving community and are part of what makes our community a desirable place to live. Good schools also create continual demand for housing, which stimulates the local economy and keeps property values high in our area. Investing in local schools is a wise investment in the quality of life for everyone in the community.

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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, please contact Eileen Bevans-Franks, LPJUSD Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at 408-353-1101 or via email at e.bevans@loma.k12.ca.us.

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What is the difference between a parcel tax and a Proposition 39 school bond?

A parcel tax is used to support classroom instruction and programs, while funds from a bond are used to improve facilities and technology. Bonds only require 55% + 1 YES vote to pass, while parcel taxes require two-thirds YES votes (66.67%). No revenue generated by a local parcel tax can be taken away by the State. All parcel tax revenue stays local to benefit our local mountain schools and students.

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How much will Measure N cost?

Measure N will not raise your tax rate. It simply extends, without increasing, the parcel tax rate of $164 a year per parcel for 7 years to provide a stable, local source of funding for our mountain schools that cannot be taken away by the state. Senior citizen homeowners 65 years or older are eligible for an exemption through a simple application process. To find out more about how to apply, please contact LPJUSD Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Eileen Bevans-Franks via email: e.bevans@loma.k12.ca.us or by phone: 408-353-1101.

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Will businesses share in the cost of Measure N?

Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to the same rate per parcel.

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Can the State take this funding?

No. All money raised by the measure will stay in the District to support Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools and students. It cannot be taken away by the State or be used for other purposes.

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Who makes the final decision on Measure N?

The locally elected Board of Education of Loma Prieta Joint Union School District is the legal entity that has called for the Measure N election. Ultimately, Loma Prieta Joint Union School District REGISTERED VOTERS will have the final say when they vote for or against the measure.

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Who is eligible to vote on Measure N?

All registered voters living within the jurisdiction of the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District registered by October 19, 2020 will be eligible to vote on this measure. The last day to register to vote and be eligible to vote on Measure N in the November 3, 2020 Election is October 19, 2020.

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What’s required for Measure N to win?

At least two-thirds, or 66.67%, of the voters who cast their ballots on Measure N in the November 3 General Election must vote in favor of the measure for it to be approved.

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Where can I get more information?

For more information or to get involved, please visit the Yes on Measure N website at: www.supportmountainschools.org OR vist the LPJUESD website at: www.loma.k12.ca.us OR contact: Eileen Bevans-Franks, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at 408-353-1101 or via email at e.bevans@loma.k12.ca.us.