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Support for Ballot Measures W and X

On behalf of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and our Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to say how pleased we are to support ballot Measures W and X that will provide dedicated local funding for our schools. Since 2008 the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has been responsible for running the advocacy campaign for the revenue measures placed on the ballot by the Santa Barbara Unified School District, which have generated over $116 million in funding for our students and classrooms. This is money that cannot be taken by the State and is dedicated to local projects and educational enhancements that would not otherwise be available to our students. To ensure that the money is well-spent, SBEF serves on the citizen oversight committees and reviews the annual reports.

On June 5th our community has the opportunity to continue the local dedicated funding from Measures H and I that voters overwhelmingly supported 4 years ago.  Your “Yes” vote on Measures W and X will provide educational enhancements to more than 15,000 students in the District and will generate over $16 million dollars to our classrooms.  None of the funds will be spent on administrator salaries and a senior exemption is available.

There is no greater priority than investing in our children.  Supporting education in these tough times shows our commitment to the future of our community.  Please join the Santa Barbara Education Foundation in supporting reduced class sizes, enhanced math and foreign language, music and the arts, and vocational training for job preparedness by voting yes on Measures W and X.

– Margie Yahyavi, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Education Foundation

13 Responses to “Support for Ballot Measures W and X”

  1. Scooter

    This should be like a cigarette tax: the users pay not all peolpe who happen to own homes!

  2. No on W and X

    Vote no. Parcels taxes should never become permanent.

  3. Lesson learned

    Parcel taxes are one-time monies. They should never be committed to ongoing expenses that require their perpetual renewal. Measure W and X represent very poor fiscal practice. They need to be defeated.

    Parcel taxes remind me of those cheap printers which cost so little up front, but keep you hooked buying expensive ink cartridges later. Pass a parcel tax once because it looks like a good idea, but then you are stuck forever renewing it over and over again.

  4. el_smurfo

    As a parent, I agree, any special tax like this should be a limited time use tax, not a permanent fee on everyone, regardless of their reproductive status. Isn’t being one of the the highest tax burdens in the country enough?

  5. Bill Carson

    NO MORE TAXES! Stop wasting money on the bloated district bureaucracy. Too many empty suits. Too much waste.

  6. anon.

    Four years ago, Measures H & I totaled about $50 and we were promised only 4 years; now W & X total about $100 and, again, it’s 4 years. In 2016, unable to give up the trough, they’ll be crying for $200.

    These parcel taxes, no matter how good the cause, are wrong, hitting rich and poor alike, those with many children in the schools and those of us who chose one or none. The mayor is asking for surcharges; the governor is asking for more; and, no doubt, the public employees will be getting raises and COLAs. Enough already!



  8. Money Tree

    Odd choice of words: parcel taxes have “generated” four million dollars a year. They didn’t generate anything. There was no spontaneous generation of cash. Each parcel owner forked over this money which they did not spend on something else. Parcel taxes divert money. They do not generate money.

    Do the math: $4 million a year divided by $65,000 per teacher equals approx 60 additional teaching slots “generated” by these past parcel taxes.

    That is a lot of school payroll now on the hook for renewed parcel taxes that should have been coming out of the regular school budget. Better ask why those 60 new teachers that parcel tax supporters now claim are “necessary and vital” have not been funded with regular state education dollars.

    Do not forget thet already 50% of every single tax dollar goes to public education per Prop 98.

    Additionally parcel taxes that demand their own continual renewal show public education is misapplying their original 50% take of all our tax dollars in the first place. Do not keep throwing money at a system riddled with teacher union excesses and poor performance.

    Parcel taxes act as a fix for this unsustainable education money addiction. They do not fix anything. Vote no and send the message public education and the insatiable teacher unions need to clean their own house first before they get any more money.



  10. Is current money well spent?

    SB Schools gets approx $8000 per student per school year.

    Class of 25 equals $200,000 per school year per class in public funds. This is used to pay salaries and district overhead. Teachers make approx $65,000 per 9 month year with benefits. $135,000 per class per year gets swallowed up in “overhead”.

    How will throwing more parcel tax money at this current spending equation help?



  12. informsb

    A local newspaper reports today, as stated in on-line District staff report, that $900,000+ needs to be spent to install the Aruba wi-fi systems within the Unified School District. The Administration states it started the process without a plan, then reconsidered and it attempts to get it right in a wasteful but “organic” planning process. How much of the nearly $1 million extra has been spent before Board approval? Local voter approved tax proceeds are being used for the wasteful “organic planning” and extra costs. (Sorry teachers and kids.) Where was the Oversight Committee? Where was the Education Fund? The Ed Fund exists to raise money to support teaching in the classroom. Donations should not go to administrators, including Ed Fund, to attend expensive and apparently meaningless Oversight meetings or to manage ballot initiatives. Also, the Oversight Committees and it Ed Fund members all know that $75,000 per year (total $300,000) pays Administrative Tax Collector salaries and 5% (nearly $1 million) is set aside for Administrative Overhead of the School District. Those facts are contrary to the letter submitted to the Editor by the Executive Director. Why again should we vote for more parcel taxes?