Re-Ante the School Tax.
Facing the upcoming expiration in June of Measure B, the $78/yer parcel tax for San Carlos schools that has been in place since 2009, the San Carlos School District Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to put a new, bundled parcel tax on the ballot this Spring which will not only extend the timeline of both Measure B and Measure A funding, but will also increase the overall school tax that is levied per household.
In what will be a mail-only ballot, the school district will ask San Carlos homeowners to approve an extension of Measure B and increase that tax by 74%, or an additional $58 per year. This revised tax will then be bundled with the Measure A tax, the $110/year tax that was passed in 2011 and is set to expire in May of 2019. The net result would be a combined new annual school tax of $246/year, which would then run through 2021.
According to this article in the Daily Journal, the District is optimistic that this revised tax will be embraced by the San Carlos community. Past history has shown that mail-only ballots of this sort tend to pass more often than not. The measure will require a full 2/3 majority to pass, and seniors will have the ability to opt out of paying the tax. The funds will be prioritized “to attract and retain top-level educators, and implement curriculum that is focused on 21st century teaching methods”, according to the article.
If the tax initiative fails, it will cost the District over $720,000 in lost tax revenue, so a lot is on the line for the District.
What Do You Think?
Time for another White Oaks Blog poll — what do you think about the proposed school tax? Will you vote in favor of it, or against it? Feel free to cast your vote below. If you have more to say about it, make your opinion known in the comment section at the bottom of the post.
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