There can be two tax parcel measures on native ballots this spring and subsequent fall to take care of present academic programming and maintain trainer salaries aggressive. One measure is to fund the Portola Valley Elementary College District and the opposite is for the Menlo Park Metropolis College District.
Throughout a Jan. 21 assembly, the Portola Valley district adopted a decision to authorize the district to name for a parcel tax election in Might 2021. It could generate roughly $1 million for the district yearly. The price of a particular mail-in election is between $94,000 to $113,000, in line with a Jan. 14 board agenda.
This comes on the heels of the failure of Measure P, a parcel tax renewal measure for the Portola Valley district, in March.
“To keep away from vital tutorial program reductions and to guard the tutorial excellence of our colleges, the administration together with the parcel tax advisory committee recommends the renewal of the measure at a diminished quantity (by $110) to $471 per parcel,” in line with a report ready by workers for the Jan. 14 assembly. There can be no annual enhance within the tax to regulate for inflation, mentioned district Chief Enterprise Officer Connie Ngo in an e-mail.
The present tax, Measure O, funds superior math, science and know-how applications; studying and writing applications; artwork and music applications; diminished class sizes; and retention of academics for the district’s two colleges, Ormondale and Corte Madera, in line with the district web site. Measure O, which expires on June 30, generates about $1.2 million for the district yearly. District workers asserted that the measure “have to be renewed” to take care of these applications.
Measure O handed in 2013 with 69% of the vote. It consolidated two expiring measures: Measure C (with an annual tax of $290 per parcel) and Measure D ($168 per parcel), and elevated the speed by $123 per parcel to $581, Ngo mentioned.
Throughout a Dec. 17 governing board assembly, trustees mentioned the attainable future function of the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. If the renewal fails, the district must rely extra closely on the muse, trustees agreed.
Additional out, the Menlo Park Metropolis College District governing board voted final month to place the renewal of Measure X, its $360-per-parcel tax, on the November 2021 poll. The district’s governing board started taking a look at potential areas to chop prices by $1.5 million in the course of the 2021-22 and 2022-21 faculty years, respectively, to assist deal with deficit spending that might consequence from final 2019’s trainer wage hike (88% of the district’s 2020-21 price range will go towards workers salaries, in line with the district).
“Certainly one of our main obligations is that the district doesn’t go bankrupt,” mentioned board President Sherwin Chen throughout a Dec. 17 assembly. “I believe it’s applicable that we’re tremendous conservative as we mannequin out a price range. The price of being unsuitable is big; that is layoffs and that is a value we wish to keep away from in any respect prices.”
(With declining enrollment, the district does need to layoff some workers this 12 months, Superintendent Erik Burmeister mentioned in the course of the assembly. The district grew its workers this faculty 12 months even with decreased enrollment due to the necessity for smaller class sizes in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Through the assembly, trustee David Ackerman mentioned trainer salaries are the final place he’s keen to make price range cuts
“I do not need our workers to have to hold the burden to get us via,” he mentioned.
Different trustees famous that the district cannot take any potential cuts off the desk.
In 2019, the board had preliminary discussions about placing a measure earlier than voters to resume or change 2017’s Measure X, which expires in 2024, at a better taxation price. It handed in 2017 with an preliminary annual price of $360 per parcel.
Last week, the district started a technique of figuring out the technique and scope of a alternative parcel tax that may present higher long-term monetary solvency, in line with a presentation ready by workers for the Jan. 21 assembly.
On the Jan. 21 assembly, Burmeister advisable that the board pursue numerous methods to chop prices, which embrace:
● Elimination of the Director of Finance Place and creation of a brand new classified-level place
● Elimination of the administrators of know-how and human assets and the creation of 1 new mixed place: Assistant Superintendent of Expertise & Know-how
● Settlement of the implementation of “mixture courses” in these instances the place doing so would save the necessity to rent one other full time trainer at sure colleges/grade ranges and nonetheless preserve class dimension targets.
With implementation of a 5% increase for district academics in the course of the 2019-20 faculty 12 months, the district’s required reserve funds will drop under the minimal quantity laid out in board coverage — at the least 15% of complete annual spending — by the 2022-23 faculty 12 months (under 10%) and not using a larger degree of tax income, in line with the district.
Last February, the college board voted to carry off on putting a parcel tax measure on the November 2020 poll.
Based on a December presentation from Whitehurst/Mosher Marketing campaign Technique and Media, a political consulting agency employed to advise the district on the parcel tax, the November 2020 election confirmed that voters in San Mateo County and neighboring areas had been supportive of native faculty measures at a excessive price, regardless of the pandemic. All faculty bond measures and parcel taxes inside San Mateo, Alameda and Marin Counties had been authorized. Some 70% of college bond measures and parcel taxes handed in Santa Clara County.
Each the Portola Valley and Menlo Park Metropolis faculty district measures would require two-thirds voter assist to move.