Palo Alto Unified School District parcel tax, Measure A (May 2010)
Voters were asked to replace the current $493/year parcel tax and increase it by $96 a year, so that the parcel tax bill each year will be $589. Palo Alto's parcel tax at its current level funds around 6% of the school district's annual operating budget with the roughly $9.4 million it brings in. The district's current parcel tax is set to expire in 2011. The new $589/year parcel tax will be in effect for six years. It is expected that the tax will generate $11.2 million a year for the district.
Tracy Stevens, Anna Thayer and Al Yuen ran the campaign to get the parcel tax approved. Charles Heath of TBWB Strategies, a campaign consulting firm, said that Measure A's approval percentage of 79.43% was the highest ever for a parcel tax in Palo Alto.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure A: "To preserve excellence in core academic programs, including reading, writing, math, and science; reduce the impact of deep budget cuts with stable locally-controlled funding; minimize teacher layoffs and class size increases; continue teacher professional development; and help protect critical high school electives, including arts and music, shall Palo Alto Unified School District renew its expiring parcel tax for six years, increase the rate by $96, with an exemption for seniors, annual two percent escalation adjustments, and independent oversight?"|
Palo Alto Unified
The Palo Alto Unified School District includes 17 schools where 11,565 students were taught. The district's operating budget for 2010-2011 is $154 million, or about $13,300 per student.
- Palo Alto Unified School District bond proposal, Measure A (June 2008)
- Parcel tax elections in California
- Official website of the Palo Alto Unified School District
- Support Palo Alto Schools, advocacy website
- List of measures on the May 4, 2010 Santa Clara County ballot
- Palo Alto Online
- Santa Clara County Voter Registrar May 4, 2010 Measure A Voter Information Pamphlet
- Official election results
- Palo Alto Online, "Parcel tax campaign will be positive, chairs say", January 13, 2010
- Paly Voice, "Measure A parcel tax passes in a landslide", May 4, 2010
- Palo Alto Online, "Palo Alto schools: growth, budget cuts in 2010", January 1, 2010
- Daily News, "Palo Alto school district parcel tax heads to voters next week", April 1, 2010
- Palo Alto Online, "Editorial: Measure A is vital for school excellence", April 9, 2010
- Palo Alto Daily News, "Parcel tax gaining momentum in Palo Alto", March 8, 2010
- Palo Alto Online, "Local-record approval for parcel tax -- 79.36 percent", May 4, 2010
- Palo Alto Online, "Palo Alto parcel-tax ballots to arrive next week", April 2, 2010
- Mercury News, "Seven South Bay and Peninsula school districts hold mail-only tax elections", April 6, 2010