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School District Hosts Budget Forum Tonight

Officials hope to outline the “dire economic outlook that could significantly affect your child's classroom.”

Over the past few years, as the has faced a due to state cuts, rising enrollment-driven costs and stagnant property tax revenue, district officials have found ways to avoid significantly impacting the high quality of local public education.

But with a projected $2.3 million budget deficit for 2012-2013, on top of a $700,000 projected deficit this school year, district officials say the . The district is hosting a budget forum for parents tonight and again on Nov. 7 to both educate parents about the budget and solicit ideas for ways to reduce the budget.

“We are now facing a dire economic outlook that could significantly affect your child's classroom, unless we actively work together to maintain the excellence found in our schools,” Superintendent Paul Johnson wrote to parents in an email late last month. “Without shared sacrifice, we risk increasing class sizes and losing special programs that make our schools unique.”

In additional to possible cuts and even more reliance on the fundraising efforts of Kiddo and the Mill Valley Council, district officials are also considering going to voters to .

The 411: The Parent Budget Forum is tonight at 7 p.m. in the library. A second forum takes place on Mondaym Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. in the Mill Valley Middle School conference room (next to the library). 

Magoo November 03, 2011 at 04:21 PM
A budget deficit? Let's see the budget on the MVSD. We don't know if they are claiming a decrease in revenues or an increase in expenses, or both. The Marin County assessor's office said last week that although there are more properties for which they will be lowering the assessed value, the TOTAL assessable value of Marin county real estate has gone UP 2-3%.
Mill Valley School District November 04, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Thanks to those of you who attended the Parent Budget Forum last night at the Mill Valley School District (MVSD) to stay informed on the budget. In order to clarify the specifics of MVSD’s property taxes, the District property tax revenues decreased by <1.5%> from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Assessed valuation may have increased by 2% for those properties under Proposition 13 but this does not result in net property tax revenues for schools with reassessments. Also, “TOTAL assessable value of Marin county real estate” does not mean that Mill Valley’s overall assessed valuation has grown (especially for homes that were recently bought or sold in the past 2-3 years). To review a full copy of the forum presentation, please visit www.mvschools.org.
Magoo November 04, 2011 at 08:56 PM
The taxable value of property in the MVSD increased in 2011-2012 from 2010-2011 to the tune of 1.3289% (from 7,980,718,344 to 8,086,772,014).
Magoo November 14, 2011 at 05:35 PM
A special election for a parcel tax can cost up to $10 per registered voter. So it can costs something like $160,000 to have an election which no certainty of passage.

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