Portola Valley School District parcel tax, Measure D (May 2010)
The Measure D tax will be $168/parcel per year, for four years. It comes on top of the $290 annual parcel tax district residents are already paying. That tax was approved in 2004 and lasts for ten years. The total parcel tax burden, with the approval of Measure D, is $458/parcel per year.
Superintendent Anne Campbell said that while the tax will not solve all of the district's budget woes, it will keep class sizes relatively low. Campbell also characterized the tax as "a short-term bridge to better times." The school district has not created a plan for what it will do if the economy continues to founder, causing property values in the district to decline, which in turn causes property tax revenues to the district to decline.
The school district was facing a $500,000 budget deficit.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final, certified, election results are from the San Mateo County elections office.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure D: "To maintain academic excellence and limit the impact of substantial state budget cuts, shall the Portola Valley Elementary School District continue its emphasis on science, math, reading and writing instruction; retain qualified and experienced teachers; minimize class size increases; and support arts and music programs by levying a $168 per parcel tax for four years with an exemption for seniors, mandatory annual aduits, independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all funds staying in Portola Valley for local schools?"|
Ballot drop-off locations
- 91 Ashfield Road in Atherton
- 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park
- 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.
- The Elections Office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.
- The Almanac Online, "PV schools put new $168 parcel tax on ballot," February 11, 2010
- Mercury News, "Voters in 5 districts approve parcel taxes," May 4, 2010
- The Almanac Online, "Portola Valley schools look to $168 parcel tax," January 29, 2010
- The Almanac Online, "Menlo Park, Portola Valley school districts likely to seek parcel tax measures this spring," January 31, 2010
- Mercury News, "Seven South Bay and Peninsula school districts hold mail-only tax elections," April 6, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Almanac News, "School parcel tax ballots due next Tuesday," April 27, 2010