When Measure S went down to defeat in the November election, the members of the San Carlos Elementary School Board vowed to regroup, learn from their experiences from Measure S, and introduce another parcel tax initiative in a future election. The Board has now fulfilled this vow by unanimously voting to put a special school parcel tax to San Carlos residents this May. While more details will be forthcoming, here are the key highlights of this proposal:
- Vote will be an “all mail” ballot to be delivered in May 2009.
- Proposed tax: $78 per household and business.
- Duration of tax assessment: 6 years.
- 2/3 approval required.
- Senior citizens 65 years or older to be exempt.
School officials admit that this tax will only repair about half of the revenue shortfall covered by the state budget crisis and the Lehman Brother’s investment collapse. The District will rely on the efforts of private fundraising organizations like the San Carlos Educational Foundation to make up the remaining gap.
I’ll update the site as more details become available about this proposed parcel tax. In the meantime, I’m sure that I’m not alone in searching for an answer to this question:
If a school parcel tax failed in November, what will ensure that a new one will pass in May?
Hopefully, someone who is closer to the initiative can help answer this question…
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