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— Parcel Tax —

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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Sacramento City Unified School District
Measure G - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

78,785 votes yes (66.17%)

40,279 votes no (33.83%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (283/283).

To expand successful programs that provide early intervention and tutoring services for students at risk of falling behind or dropping out, to support academic and arts enrichment, to provide specialized training for teachers, counselors and other school personnel, shall the Sacramento City Unified School District implement a $75 parcel tax for six years, with an exemption for seniors, and create a Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure all funds benefit children most in need?

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE G 

Measure G is about growing future opportunities for our children. The great recession hurt our communities and our schools. Here in Sacramento, we experienced teacher and staff layoffs, along with deep cuts to programs and services that helped our kids learn and succeed. 

As the economy improves, it’s time to rebuild our schools. Our children deserve it. Measure G will generate essential funding for programs to keep our students engaged and to prevent them from falling behind. For students who are struggling, Measure G will provide early intervention and tutoring programs. We know that by helping our at-risk youth early we can keep them from dropping out, make sure they stay on track, and complete their education. 

Our kids must have the skills to compete in today’s job market if they are to achieve in college and their careers. Measure G funds academic support for programs including math, science, engineering and technology. Measure G brings back funding for arts and music classes, which were slashed during the recession. It also provides support and training for quality teachers, counselors and school employees who can best prepare our children for the future. 

All funds from Measure G would stay in our school district to help our children. Money cannot be taken away by the state or used for other purposes. None of the money from Measure G can be spent on administrators’ salaries. Measure G allows seniors 65 years or older to avoid any rate increases. An independent citizens oversight committee will oversee the Measure G funding, ensuring that monies are spent in the classroom on teachers and programs that benefit our students. 

The most important goal for our local schools is to help students succeed. That’s why parents, teachers and community leaders support Measure G.

Join us. Vote Yes on Measure G. 

s/Darrell Steinberg Mayor-Elect, Sacramento   s/Jessie Ryan School Board Member   s/Pia Wong Sacramento Parent   s/Stephanie Smith Sacramento Teacher   s/David Rodriguez High School Principal

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE G 

Vote NO until Sacramento City Unified School District proposes a measure with a prioritized Project List; guaranteeing specific projects at specific sites with achievable budgets for each. The promised citizens’ oversight committee can’t ensure accountability without it. 

SCUSD has a management problem; Not a money problem. SCUSD is proposing another tax because they can; because it’s an election year. 

Federal money to schools increased, as did state funding in total resources. The district is benefitting from rapid state funding gains. 

This is a $75 tax for six years, on top of what taxpayers already are paying: from the 2012 SCUSD Measure Q, a $346 million school bond, and Measure R, a $68 million school bond, for a total of $414 million. 

SCUSD already has more than $427 million in General Obligation Bonds, and $11,017,678 in Capital Appreciation Bonds outstanding. 

SCUSD District officials estimate that Sacramento City Unified needs more than $700 million to fully pay for the health benefits promised to its workers and retirees, based on the latest actuarial data. This is where the Measure G money will actually be going. 

This is snake oil crafted by an unscrupulous alliance of Wall Street bond sellers, financial advisors, school and bond attorneys, architects, construction contractors and other “consultants” who will profit at your expense. Google: Orange County Register’s Bankers Push School Bonds C.A.S.H. 

Look who’s financing the “Yes” campaign. There’s historical correlation between campaign contributors and who profits. Google: Local School Bonds Big Donors Win Big Contracts. 

Reject “Pay To Play”! Google: Centinella school corruption. 

Because Measure G says ‘as needed,’ SCUSD can spend your bond dollars on pet projects while important ‘projects’ are left incomplete. Google: Alpine High School Grossmont.

We all love school kids but think with your head and wallet. 

s/Debra Desrosiers Executive Director Sacramento Taxpayers Association

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE G 

Measure G proponents don’t want you to know SCUSD has received rapid state funding gains. Federal money to schools has also increased significantly. Other Sacramento districts are using the federal money for these exact projects. 

Yet the SCUSD school board is asking YOU for another $75 tax for six years on top of what YOU are already paying, by putting Measure G tax on the ballot. 

Sacramento City Unified School District has more than $427 million in General Obligation Bonds, and $11,017,678 in Capital Appreciation bonds. And recently, Measure Q and Measure R school bonds were passed in 2012, totaling another $414 million. 

Where is that money? How is it being spent? 

Measure G money will actually be going to pay for the more than $700 million in unfunded retirement and health benefits for SCUSD employees – not to “expand programs for early intervention, tutoring services for students at risk of 

falling behind or dropping out; or to support academic and arts enrichment, to provide specialized training for teachers, counselors and other school personnel.” These are superficial and deliberately vague sounding projects.

Don’t fund more financial mismanagement. Vote NO on Measure G.

s/Debra Desrosiers Executive Director Sacramento Taxpayers Association

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE G 

The language in Measure G is specific. It asks voters to approve a measure “to expand successful programs that provide early intervention and tutoring services for students at risk of falling behind or dropping out, to support academic and arts enrichment, to provide specialized training for teachers, counselors and other school personnel.” 

Despite progress made in the past four years, California still ranks 42nd nationally in per student spending. Sacramento schools are barely inching back to pre-recession funding levels. 

While opponents attempt to scare voters with Google search results that have nothing to do with Measure G or our Sacramento community, they fail to mention that SCUSD has already been delivering on the promises of 2012 Bond Measures. Schools in Sacramento have seen major renovations, improvements and much-needed repairs. 

Furthermore, Measure G will create a Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure that monies are spent in the classroom on teachers and high-impact programs that benefit our students most. All funds from Measure G will stay in our school district. None of the money from Measure G can be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions. 

Arts and music programs in Sacramento City schools have been decimated. Measure G will provide critical funding to expand arts and music education, in addition to specialized training for teachers and staff and programs designed to keep students engaged in school and prevent them from falling behind or dropping out.

It’s time to put our kids on a path to success and invest in their futures. Vote Yes on Measure G.

s/Darrell Steinberg Mayor-Elect, Sacramento   s/Jessie Ryan School Board Member   s/Pia Wong Sacramento Parent   s/Stephanie Smith Sacramento Teacher   s/David Rodriguez High School Principal
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