On November 6, 2012, 70.42% of Hawthorne voters approved Measure CL (Parcel Tax). This measure authorized the Local Classrooms Funding Authority (Authority), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) created by the Hawthorne School District (Hawthorne), the Lawndale School District (Lawndale), the Lennox School District (Lennox), the Wiseburn School District (Wiseburn) and the Centinela Valley Union High School District (Centinela) to levy an annual tax of 2¢/square foot of lot for residential property and 7.5¢/square foot for other property types with exemptions for citizens over the age of 65, if they applied. This parcel tax commenced on July 1, 2013 and remains in effect indefinitely.
In each year the qualified special tax is levied, the Authority’s Board and Agency shall take any action necessary to allow the appropriate County officer(s) to distribute the proceeds of that tax directly to each school district. Pursuant to the Agreement, based on the Average Daily Attendance and potential tax proceeds from the parcels located within each school district, each school district shall receive the following fixed proportion of the proceeds of the tax:
- Centinela shall receive 40% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
- Hawthorne shall receive 16.6% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
- Lawndale shall receive 14.7% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
- Lennox shall receive 8.7% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
- Wiseburn shall receive 20% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
Any funds left unallocated shall be split equally among the Members eligible to receive proceeds from the qualified tax.
The proceeds of the qualified special tax shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified in the Full Ballot Text:
- Protect academic quality in local K-12 schools
- Maintain math, science, English programs
- Provide education for students with disabilities/special needs
- Support computer technology and school security
- Prepare students for college/careers
- Retain excellent teachers
The Authority shall prepare and file with the Board and the governing board of its Members a report/audit detailing the amount of funds collected and expended no later than December 31 of each year while the qualified special tax is in effect. The Authority shall provide for the creation of an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review the allocation of the qualified special taxes collected pursuant to the Measure to ensure that moneys raised under this Measure are allocated in accordance with this Measure.
Any school district which expends proceeds of the qualified special tax shall create an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review the expenditure of the proceeds of the qualified special tax to ensure that such proceeds are spent in accordance with this Measure. Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees approved the 2014-2015 Resolution #10 to Establish Measure CL Hawthorne Citizen Oversight Committee (HCOC) and Committee Bylaws. The HCOC Bylaws indicate the HCOC will:
- Receive and review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that parcel tax revenue was expended in accordance with the purposes set forth in Measure CL
- Prepare and present to the Board, in open session, an annual written report which will include:
- A statement indicating whether the District’s Measure CL expenditures were in accordance with the stated purpose
- A summary of the Committee’s proceedings for the preceding year
HCOC Annual Report
Local Classrooms Funding Authority JPA Website
For Senior Citizen Exemption or SSI Exemption information and forms please visit Local Classrooms Funding Authority Measure CL Parcel Tax