Atherton officials have been casting about for years to find a replacement for the special parcel tax, an annual levy that helps fund town services and capital projects. Apparently, nothing better has come along, since the Atherton City Council is slated to decide whether to ask voters for a five-year renewal of the parcel tax at its Wednesday, July 15, meeting.
The parcel tax measure would go on the Nov. 3 ballot, and would require a 2/3 yes vote in order to pass.
The current parcel tax measure, approved by voters in February 2005, expires June 30, 2010. For the typical Atherton homeowner, the parcel tax costs $750 annually. Residents of small lots must pay $450 a year, and those with lots larger than 2 acres are charged $960.
Town staff recommends that rates remain the same in the parcel tax renewal measure, which would run from July 2010 to June 2015.
According to the suggested ballot argument, the parcel tax renewal measure would "continue providing funding to maintain neighborhood police patrols and the town's ability to respond to emergencies, repairing and maintaining streets, and repairing and constructing storm drains."
The Atherton City Council meets in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Call 752-0500 for information or go to ■ Atherton City Council agenda page to view the meeting agenda and staff reports.