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Will You Vote for the School District's Parcel Tax in November?

With campaign officials set to make their case over the next six months for a $196 parcel tax on top of the existing $731 per parcel tax, we want to hear from you: will you vote for it?

The  board voted last week to place a new $196 parcel tax on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. In doing so, district and parcel tax campaign officials hope to sway the 82 percent of district voters who don't currently have children in any of the district's six schools.

Over the next six months, campaign officials will lay out their case for the $196 parcel tax, which needs two-thirds support to pass. The tax would be on top of the existing $731 per parcel tax. The parcel tax was first passed in 2004 and raised and extended via Measure A in November 2008. The new tax would begin in July 2013 and run through 2020. Seniors are exempt.

The campaign's largely focuses on a ballooning budget deficit caused by a confluence of factors, including booming enrollment and stagnant property taxes, which account for 56 percent of the district's revenue. The primary argument will focus on the need for more revenue that could not be taken back by the state. The district has been hit by a cumulative $3 million cut from state “take backs” from the $1.3 million the district gets to maintain a 20-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio from kindergarten through third grade. 

The proposed tax would generate approximately $1.9 million annually for the district. That revenue would not be subject to state take backs.

Here’s the language that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for the Mill Valley School District’s parcel tax measure: 

“To replace significant cuts by the State in education funding; protect the quality of local elementary and middle schools and attract and keep highly qualified core academic teachers; shall the Mill Valley School District be authorized to implement a parcel tax of one hundred ninety-six dollars for eight years, requiring annual audit and accountability measures, and with all revenues kept local and used exclusively for Mill Valley elementary and middle schools?”

Magoo May 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Here Here. There goes salaries for four teachers to pay to hold this election.
hab3 May 28, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Methinks the lady doth protest too much ...
Magoo May 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
There's not enough citizens who care to protest.
Greg June 16, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I'm voting no. You don't fund your operating expenses from additional parcel taxes. That is a slippery slope that only leads to the next parcel tax increase. Get your act together and solve your problem within your means. Did people forget we just passed the scam bond measure to rebuild Edna and the costs there were low balled? It's going to run way over budget and going to cost parcel holders far more than they think. But...at least that was for upgrading facilities and NOT for operating expenses. Scott, Don't you know that every government agency bakes in a % increase over the previous year and that's the budget, so when the baked-in increase doesn't go through it's a cut in the budget? Salary increases, pensions, medical...up up and away .
Curry Eckelhoff June 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Say it the way it is --you are referring to the Bush Tax Cuts which will end at the end of the year unless they are renewed.

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