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 of 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, which encompasses parts of Menlo Park and Atherton, consists of some 4,000 parcels; about 3,400 of them pay the tax and provide the district with about $1 million per year. Senior property owners can claim an exemption, and some 600 property owners do, 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.