Los Gatos Union School District parcel tax, Measure B (May 2013)
The district's voters first approved a parcel tax in 1990. This was extended in 1994 with an affirmative vote of 82%, in 1998 by 80%, in 2002 by 75% and in 2008 by 84%.
The school district originally hoped that they'd be able to not only extend the current $290/year parcel tax, but to increase it by as much as another $290/year. However, polls of voters in the district taken in August and December 2012 suggested that they would likely not be able to reach the required threshold for approval for an increase in the tax.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval.
- These final, certified results are from Santa Clara County elections office.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure B: Without increasing tax rates and to protect outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math, and science; retain highly-qualified teachers; keep classroom technology, science resources, books and instructional materials updated; and maintain art and music; shall the Los Gatos Union School District be authorized to renew its expiring annual education tax of $290 per parcel for eight years, with citizen oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, a senior citizen exemption, and all funds staying in Los Gatos schools?|
Tina Orsi-Hartigan, president of the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees, said, "Los Gatos schools are among the top in the state in terms of student test scores, thanks to our excellent academic programs and highly-qualified teachers. Renewing this stable, local source of funding will provide greater local control to continue top-quality education for our students without increasing tax rates. Every penny from this measure will benefit Los Gatos students and can’t be taken away by the state." 
Fran Mastroianni, a fifth-grade teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary School, says, "My fellow teachers and I are supporting this renewal and volunteering to help on the campaign."
- Mercury News, "School district will ask voters this May to extend parcel tax," January 14, 2013
- Santa Clara County Measure List
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Los Gatos Patch, "Los Gatos School Trustees to Place Parcel Tax Renewal on Ballot," February 7, 2013