Schools - September 1, 2010

Las Lomitas school district explores parcel tax increase

The governing board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District agreed unanimously to hire a pollster to test voter opinion on a possible increase in the $311 in parcel taxes that property owners pay annually to the district.

The board agreed to spend about $20,000 to engage pollster Brad Senden of the San Rafael-based Center for Community Opinion, according to a staff report.

The residential survey should happen some time in November or early December, Superintendent Eric Hartwig told The Almanac.

"We, like other districts, are really struggling to make ends meet and we really have to consider this seriously," Mr. Hartwig said. The survey is the institutional equivalent licking one's finger and sticking it into the wind, he added.

If the survey shows support for a tax increase, an election would probably happen in the spring, he said. Any tax measure would need the approval of a two-thirds majority of voters.

The Las Lomitas district consists of some 4,000 parcels, of which about 3,400 are taxed, providing the district with about $1 million per year. Senior property owners can claim an exemption, and some 600 property owners do so, Mr. Hartwig said.

The last time the district asked voters to raise the parcel tax was in March 2007, when a 75 percent majority approved an increase of $115.


Posted by AthertonBabe, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I would be happy to give Las Lomitas a vote of confidence for a Parcel Tax Increase- when Eric Hartwig and his adminstration give up 20% of their salaries. When the superintenedent is driving a porsche, you know he is raking the district for a large salary.. No Vote from this LL Parent..

Posted by Susan, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

Porsche, vineyard in woodside.....check me out babes (minus atherton ones).

2/3 votes needed, and they want to reduce to 50% to get these taxes through. Sounds like they are laying the ground work for "let's fix it with more dumb tax dollars".

Posted by Another NO for parcel tax, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 5, 2010 at 1:56 am

Just waht we need, more tax dollars towards porsches and babes. But than again that's what gov and schools is all about. It's not about the kiddos. IT's about ADULT issues, just read the minutes of the board meetings.

Posted by Bart S., a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

This is a rich school district, "struggling to make ends meet" you should go to Oakland and E. Palo Alto, if you want to say you're "struggling to make ends meet". This is a democratic state, spreading the wealth to even the schools out is the future for public schools. Top api scores in the worst state is nothing to brag about.

Posted by Jason, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Dec 15, 2010 at 4:11 am

Cool, more taxes. Schools now a days need lots of funds for "extra curricular activities" of the administrators teachers and ALL.

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