Taylor Franklin Taranto
|Taylor Franklin Taranto|
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|Former candidate for|
|Pasco Board of Directors, Position 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 6, 2013|
|Years of service||2004-2010|
Taranto has worked as a chemical technician and grounds maintenance worker before his current job as research analyst at TFT Ind. He is also pursuing an engineering degree at Washington State University. Taranto served in the United States Navy from 2004 to 2010 including deployment to Iraq after 2007.
- See also: Pasco School District elections (2013)
Taranto placed third in the August 6, 2013 primary for the Position 4 seat and failed to advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.
|Pasco Board of Director, Primary, Position 4, August 6, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sherry Lancon Incumbent||66.9%||5,013|
|Nonpartisan||Taylor Franklin Taranto||8.1%||606|
|Source: Franklin County Auditor|
Taranto's campaign blog listed the following endorsements for 2013:
- Mary Ruth Edwards
- Samuel Good Ford
What was at stake?
Incumbents William Leggett, Sherry Lancon and Darrell Toombs sought re-election to the board in the November 5, 2013 general election. Leggett sought a fifth term on the board against challenger Steven A. Christensen while Lancon ran for a second full term against Javier Ruiz. Toombs was appointed to the board in April 2013 and sought a first full term against Amy L. Phillips.
Growing enrollment, tightening budget
The district has experienced a 16.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This growth in enrollment could strain district resources in the near future based on budget projections. In a work session on August 27, 2013, the Board of Directors discussed a budget shortfall expected with the expiration of the current maintenance and operations levy in December 2014. The district currently receives $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value to fill in gaps left by state funding and other revenue. A tax levy increase of at least $0.10 per $1,000 would be necessary to fill the expected budget gap. Superintendent Saundra Hill and board members in attendance voiced no support for an increased tax levy on the February 2014 ballot, focusing instead on studying potential cuts in the budget while maintaining the current levy amount.
About the district
- See also: Pasco School District, Washington
Pasco lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.9%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Pasco's median income at $47,252 while the state median income was $58,890. Pasco had a poverty rate of 22.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- LinkedIn, "Taylor Taranto," accessed August 29, 2013
- Friends of Taylor F. Taranto, "Endorsements," accessed August 29, 2013
- Tri-City Herald, "Pasco school operations levy won't meet expected costs, board told," August 27, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Pasco," accessed August 29, 2013
- Franklin County Auditor, "Archived Election Results," accessed August 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014