To continue providing City College of San Francisco local funds the state cannot take away and offset cuts to prevent layoffs; ensure affordable education for students; maintain core classes in writing, math and science; prepare students for four-year universities, workforce training in careers in nursing, engineering/ technology; provide counselors; keep college libraries open; shall San Francisco Community College District renew its existing annual parcel tax at $99 per parcel for 15 years, requiring annual independent audits and citizen oversight?
Digest by the Ballot Simplification Committee
The Way It Is Now: City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is an accredited, public, two-year community college. It has nine campuses in the City and serves approximately 60,000 students each year.
The Community College Board, which oversees CCSF, has determined that City College's current revenues are inadequate to allow the college to continue its core academic and job-training programs.
In November 2012, San Francisco voters approved an annual parcel tax of $79 per parcel to provide funding to CCSF. That parcel tax is set to expire on June 30, 2021.
The Proposal: Beginning in 2017, Proposition B would replace the current parcel tax with a parcel tax of $99 per year, lasting for 15 years. This parcel tax would expire on June 30, 2032.
The funds would offset reductions in State funding and help CCSF to maintain current services. CCSF must use the parcel tax funds to:
• attract and retain highly qualified teachers;
• protect quality academic instruction in core subjects, such as math, science, reading and writing;
• keep school libraries open;
• maintain programs that prepare students for the workforce;
• provide counselors for students; and
• keep technology and instructional support up to date.
Proposition B would prohibit CCSF from using parcel tax funds for administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions.
The use of funds will be subject to annual review by the Citizens’ Oversight Committee appointed by the Community College Board.
A “YES” Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to replace the current $79 per year parcel tax that funds City College of San Francisco with a parcel tax of $99 per year, lasting through June 2032.
A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to make these changes.
Controller’s Statement on “B”
City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition B:
Should the proposed parcel tax be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would not affect the cost of government for the City and County of San Francisco. It would generate significant additional revenue for the San Francisco Community College District (City College).
If approved by voters, the proposed $99 parcel tax replaces the existing $79 City College parcel tax and would be collected each year, beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2017–2018 and ending with FY 2031–32 (fifteen years total), from property owners of each separately taxed parcel in San Francisco. Property that would otherwise be exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from the parcel tax.
The proposed tax of $99 per parcel represents a $20 increase and an additional eleven year extension to the existing City College parcel tax approved by voters on November 6, 2012 and otherwise set to expire in FY 2020–21.
The tax is projected to generate approximately $19 million in revenues annually for benefit of the San Francisco Community College District, or approximately $4 million more than the current tax. Eligible uses of these revenues exclude compensation for City College administrators, but otherwise would be subject to the budgetary and fiscal procedures of that independent District.
How “B” Got on the Ballot
On May 26, 2016, the San Francisco Community College Board voted 7 to 0 to place Proposition B on the ballot.
This measure requires 66⅔% affirmative votes to pass.