San Carlos School District Mulls Extending Parcel Tax.
January 20, 2011
Measure D Set to Expire.
If you were to take close look at your property tax bill (who ever does this?), you'd notice that there's there's the equivalent of a $188 per parcel assessment that is earmarked for San Carlos School District. This assessment is actually the sum total of two different school parcel tax measures that were passed by San Carlos voters: Measure B, which is a six-year $78 per parcel tax that was passed in 2009, and Measure D, a eight-year $78 assessment that was approved back in 2003. With cost of living adjustments, the Measure D contribution now stands at about $110.
With Measure D set to expire in 2011, the San Carlos School District is strongly considering a special spring ballot measure aimed at rescuing the nearly $1M annual revenue flow that will be lost when Measure D ends.
“More of the Same”
The San Carlos School District Board has been carefully examining avenues for replacing this lost revenue. They even hired a consultant to conduct a phone survey of select San Carlos homeowners to assess their support on a new tax measure. San Carlos School District board member Seth Rosenblatt does an excellent job on his blog detailing the results of the phone poll as well as the other factors the board needed to consider as they contemplate moving ahead with a tax measure, so I won't take up space repeating it here.
With the benefit of knowledge of how other parcel tax measures have failed in San Carlos in recent history, the School District appears to be favoring a “more of the same” approach with a proposed $111 per year assessment (with no annual increase) that they will vote on in their January 27th meeting. The idea here is that homeowners simply continue to pay the same assessment that they have already been paying in their tax bill for the past 8 years, as opposed to the idea of digging deeper into their pockets.
While the District could undoubtedly use even more funds, this conservative approach was a very prudent decision and should greatly increase the chances of this measure passing in the spring.
Poll: How Will You Vote?
Should the board decide to move forward with a ballot measure for a $111 annual school parcel tax assessment, which seems very likely, how will you vote? Look for the poll in the right sidebar of the blog and register your opinion!