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Viewpoint - April 16, 2021

A parcel tax cut that we can get behind

Vote yes on Portola Valley School District's Measure S

by William R. Urban

The May 4 election offers the renewal of a lower parcel tax Measure S, to support Portola Valley School District's schools. A ballot measure last year to extend the now expiring $581 tax per parcel fell two percentage points short of the 66.67% approval to pass. Voters are accustomed to zombie ballot measures rejected in one election recycling unchanged to the next election. That's not happening here. The district engaged its citizens to find alternatives to the resulting loss of $1.24 million for direct teaching. This is not the first time the district has sought out advice from the wider community.

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William R. Urban, CFA, CFP, is a retired investment adviser, and resident and parent in Portola Valley for 30 years. He serves on the district's Citizens Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and served for 22 years on the Portola Valley Finance Committee. The Almanac is seeking arguments opposing Measure S. Send letters and op-ed submissions to [email protected]


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