Wednesday: Woodside Elementary School board considers parcel tax measure


Details of a parcel tax measure, including the amount and how long it would last, will be discussed by the governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District when it meets on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The meeting starts with a short open session at 2:30 p.m. to discuss adding an air conditioning system to the new Sellman Pavilion, but then adjourns to a closed session until 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be in Room 39 at the school, located at 3195 Woodside Road.

The agenda for the meeting says the parcel tax is scheduled to be discussed at 5:15 p.m.

The agenda says the parcel tax would be on an April 2017 ballot, which a staff report by Superintendent Beth Polito said will be a mail-in only ballot that would cost the district $20,000. The board is scheduled to make a final decision on the parcel tax on Dec. 6.

The district's current parcel tax will expire in June 2017 and accounts for a little more than $300,000 of the district's annual budget.

The current tax was approved in 2009. Last year the board considered putting a measure on the ballot to extend the tax for eight years at the existing rate of $290, but decided to postpone action. To pass, a parcel tax must be approved by 66.7 percent of the voters.

Also on the board's agenda is a discussion about use of the school's facilities and the fees charged to use them, as well as a proposed contract with the district's teachers for the current school year.

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