Palo Alto Unified School District parcel tax, Measure A (May 2010)

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A Palo Alto Unified School parcel tax proposal, Measure A ballot question was on the May 4, 2010 ballot for voters in the Palo Alto Unified School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.[1][2]

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.[1] The district's current parcel tax is set to expire in 2011.[3] The new $589/year parcel tax will be in effect for six years.[4] It is expected that the tax will generate $11.2 million a year for the district.[5]

Tracy Stevens, Anna Thayer and Al Yuen ran the campaign to get the parcel tax approved.[6][1] 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.[7]

Palo Alto voters approved a $378 million bond measure on June 3, 2008.

The election was conducted on a mail-in ballot basis.[8] The cost of administering the mail-in election was estimated at $9.00/voter.[9]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure A
Approveda Yes 16,342 79.43%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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.[3]

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