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School parcel tax vote likely in Portola Valley

Original post made on Jan 17, 2013

Voters are likely to be asked this spring to renew and boost the Portola Valley School District's parcel tax, which last year raised close to $1 million for the two-school district. A public hearing is set for Feb. 6.

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Posted by Nate McKitterick
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

If I paid $656 per year for 30 years, it would be $19,680 -- far less than the six figure positive effect of our awesome schools on everyone's property values in PV. (And both the tax, and property profit on sale, are deductible for many people, too.)


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Posted by Cathy
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

We can see the negative of not funding locally on property values simply by looking at some of our neighboring cities. The price variance is significant, BUT more importantly, the tools provided the kids over the past 8 years has set my children up for success in many ways. $656 is a BARGAIN. I know familes that pay 3 times that just for tutoring services in cities that are coping with unreliable funding. Sacramento is greedy and to count on adequate state funding for local schooling needs is just living with your head in the ground. CA ranks 47th in the country when adjusted for regional differences.......
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Posted by Diminishing Returns
a resident of Corte Madera School
on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

PVSD has plenty of money to run an excellent school. State finances and more importantly property values are at a turning point, but this is actually not even a serious factor in that per pupil spending in PV is at levels well above the CA and nationwide averages.

The real problem in PV is the disconnected and amateur micro-management of the bloated admin and activist board. They like to "play school" at the expense of student learning. More money will only make this worse! The teachers will take their slice and the admin will spend the rest on consultants, "specialists," and more parent employees seemingly hired for the sake of the parents seeking employment rather than for student benefit.

Have the board and admin make an objective plan for measuring effectiveness of even one of their many endeavors- and show the results of that data to prove the achievement of the clearly defined objective - before giving them another dime.


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Posted by Over-Reach
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

Google Measure C and D (existing taxes) and you'll see that C was a substantial increase from the original tax and D was supposed to be a bridge for 4 years until the economey was better. Now we need a 43% increase from combined temporary measures? There is a case for parcel taxes to keep the schools excellent, but as a basic aid district with good property values that seem to be going up (slowly), strong parent contributions and reasonable support for a parcel tax, a 43% jump is over-reach. My kids are in the district and better management will trump more money. Vote NO if this makes it to the ballot!!!!


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