Blaming the State is a Losing Parcel Tax Strategy

Denouncing Sacramento for a school district’s financial troubles may be satisfying — and valid –  but it’s a poor strategy for convincing voters to pass a parcel tax, according to pollsters who surveyed  voters in Santa Clara County last month.  Their advice to school trustees looking to a parcel tax to help survive the bleak next few years: Don’t whine and don’t scapegoat. It won’t cut it to blame the state for your district’s financial troubles. Instead, convince voters that you have a plan to improve core academic programs.

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With the defeat of Measure D last year, it is only a matter of time before MDUSD will once again ask voters to go to the polls and support a pacel tax to help fund local schools.  Did you support Measure D in May?  Why or why not?  Would you support a parcel tax today?  Here is a list of Northern California school districts who have passed parcel taxes in the past 12 months:

Nov 3, 2009
Acalanes Union, Contra Costa $189 indefinitely
Albany USD, Alameda $149 5 years
Albany USD, Alameda Combine 3 taxes
Atherton, San Mateo $750 4 years
Lagunitas, Marin $325 8 years
Larkspur, Marin $368.88 8 years
Walnut Creek, Contra Costa $82 indefinitely
June 2, 2009
Novato, Marin $96 6 years
Piedmont, Alameda Various 4 years
Piedmont, Alameda $249 3 years
May 5, 2009
Cupertino, Santa Clara $125 6 years
Moreland School District, Santa Clara $95 8 years
San Carlos, San Mateo $78 6 years
San Ramon, Contra Costa $144 7 years
Woodside, San Mateo $242 8 years
March 3, 2009
Bolinas-Stinson School District, Marin $250 5 years
Orinda,Contra Costa $124
November 4, 2008
Bayshore Elementary, San Mateo $96 6 years
Belmont-Redwood Shores, San Mateo $78 7 years
Berryessa Union, Santa Clara $79 5 years
Campbell Union, Santa Clara $85 5 years
Davis Unified, Solano and Yolo $120 3 years
Dublin, Alameda $96 5 years
Evergreen, Santa Clara $90 5 years
Franklin-McKinley, Santa Clara $72 9 years
Live Oak,  Santa Cruz $84 9 years
Livermore, Alameda/Contra Costa $138/parcel 5 years
Mill Valley, Marin $193/parcel 4 years
Martinez, Contra Costa $50/parcel 5 years
Pacific Grove, Monterey $35/parcel 5 years
Pittsburg, Contra Costa $65/parcel 7 years
West Contra Costa, Contra Costa 7.2 cents/s.f. 5 years

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