Manhattan Beach public schools are among the highest academic performing schools in California. Great teachers and a rigorous curriculum provide our students with a high-quality and well-rounded education and contribute to our highly desirable community.
Manhattan Beach schools rely on state funding for nearly all operating dollars. However, out of all K-12 school districts in California, Manhattan Beach schools receive the second lowest amount of state funding per pupil (due to the State’s complex funding formula known as LCFF). In fact, our schools receive nearly $5,000 less per student annually than other high-achieving districts. At the same time, we face the same growth in expenses that every district faces.
Our schools need additional locally-controlled funding to maintain the high-quality education our students and community need and deserve. Measure MB will provide a reliable source of essential local funding to keep our schools among the best in the State and help protect our teachers and students from budget cuts.
Measure MB is critical for Manhattan Beach schools to:
• Retain high-quality teachers and maintain manageable class sizes
• Protect quality math, science, reading, language, social studies, art and
• Preserve advanced programs in science, technology, engineering, and math
• Continue to prepare students for top colleges and careers
• Provide adequate instructional materials and classroom supplies
Everyone benefits from living in a community with high quality schools. Manhattan Beach is a highly desirable place for families to live and move to, in large part because of the reputation of our local schools. Strong schools enhance the quality of life in our community and fuel demand for homes, helping to keep our property values strong.
While state education funding has stabilized since the recession, funding per student in California is among the lowest in the nation. California ranks 41st in per student spending K-12, 51st in student to teacher ratio, student to counselor ratio, and student to librarian ratio (California Budget Center 2017 analysis).
The State has been an unreliable partner in funding our schools and without local funding, deep cuts will be required that would directly impact teachers and instructional programs in Manhattan Beach Unified schools.
The state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provides supplemental funding for school districts with higher numbers of students who are living at the poverty line or are English Language Learners.
No. The state takes almost all of our property taxes. Less than 20% of our local property taxes go to support our schools.
MBEF does an amazing job of raising private funds – primarily from parents -- to help fund our schools, providing approximately 10 percent of the school district’s budget, but its fundraising capacity is not unlimited. That’s why MBEF is supporting Measure MB to ensure our local schools can maintain the quality education our students and our community deserve.
Yes. In fact, Manhattan Beach USD is one of the few high-performing districts without a local funding measure. When compared to similar high-performing districts, MBUSD’s local funding is the lowest: La Cañada USD has a $450/year parcel tax; Palos Verdes USD $414/year; Santa Monica-Malibu USD $346/year; South Pasadena USD $386/year; and San Marino USD: $1,195 per year, to name just a few.
Measure MB includes strict fiscal accountability provisions. By law, none of the funds could be taken away by the State. Every dollar would stay in Manhattan Beach and be used to support our local schools. Independent oversight and audits would be required to ensure funds are spent as promised, and no funds could be used for administrator salaries.
If approved by 66.7% of Manhattan Beach voters, Measure MB would collect an annual flat tax of $225 from property owners for a term of six years, generating approximately $2.6 million per year to protect the quality of our local schools.
Yes. All funds will be locally controlled and will benefit only Manhattan Beach schools. No funding can be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.
If approved, Measure MB will be in place for six years, unless renewed for another term by 66.67% of local voters.
In 2016, Manhattan Beach voters approved two local school facility improvement measures (Measures C and EE – one for elementary sites and the other for our high school athletics facility) to improve classrooms and structures that were outdated and in need of upgrades to meet 21st-century learning standards. However, those funds are restricted in use exclusively for
buildings and facilities and, by law, may not be spent to maintain instruction or program costs (operation costs).
Bond measures and parcel tax measures are used for different purposes — bond measures can only fund facility upgrades and improvements, and cannot be used for operating costs or programs. Parcel taxes may be used for teachers and academic programs (operation costs).
No. Funds from Measure MB may only be used to fund the specific programs and services identified in the ballot measure. School districts do not set payments on retirement benefits for their employees -- they are set at the state level. Any increases in contributions to state teacher and school employee retirement systems will have to be funded from other sources.
Only property owners will be charged as part of their property taxes. However, landlords may pass all or a portion of the cost of the measure on to their tenants, meaning each tenant may pay a portion of the tax.
Measure MB will be on the June 5, 2018 ballot. All registered voters in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District are eligible to vote on the measure.
In order to pass, at least 66.7% of those who vote on Measure MB must vote YES. This is why we need every school and community supporter to vote YES on MB.
For more information about voting, contact the L.A. County Registrar of Voters at (800) 815-2666.
You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov.
If you have more questions, feel free to email info@YesOnMB.org or visit our website at YesOnMB.org.
Yes. Property owners age 65+, many of whom are on fixed incomes, are eligible for a full exemption from Measure MB and do not have to pay.
No, if one resident of the household is 65 or older, the entire household is exempt.
No. The only requirement is proof of age and residency.
No. Senior citizens need only apply the first year. There is also an exemption available for property owners on State Disability Insurance, which must be applied for annually.
MBUSD has provided a form that, once complete, may be mailed or delivered to the District by July 6, 2018. It will require proof of age (via driver’s license, birth certificate or passport) and proof of residency.
Protecting the personal information provided on the exemption forms is important to the District. Detailed information on redacting portions of the information provided, and how the information is handled can be found here.