Voters may be asked to help shore up the budget at two local school districts. Both Portola Valley and the Menlo Park City school districts are likely to seek $168 annual parcel tax measures this spring.
Menlo Park is facing an estimated $2.2 million budget gap for the 2010-11 school year, and Portola Valley is estimated a shortfall of $500,000.
The Menlo Park school board is expected to take action at its Tuesday, Feb. 2, meeting that begins at 6 p.m. in the board room, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton. The parcel tax measure would have a seven-year duration, and include an exemption for senior citizens.
In Portola Valley, a special meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Room 1001 at Corte Madera School, 4575 Alpine Road. The proposed parcel tax would run for four years and include an exemption for senior citizens.
Relatively flat property tax revenues and a series of state funding cuts are shaping up to create a bleak budget outlook for the upcoming school year. Portola Valley Superintendent Anne Campbell called the parcel tax "a short-term bridge to better times."