WCCSD considering a parcel tax, should MDUSD?

Last September West Contra Costa School District polled their community to determine if a parcel tax was feasible and found only 56% of voters would support a parcel tax measure (67% required). They chose not to pursue a parcel tax measure.

Last November Mt. Diablo Unified School District polled their community to determine if a parcel tax was feasible and found only 59% of voters would support a parcel tax measure (67% required). They chose not to pursue a parcel tax measure.

In June 2010 WCCSD pursued a $380 million bond measure instead and was successful.
In June 2010 MDUSD pursued a $348 million bond measure instead and was successful.

The WCCSD cumulative cost to taxpayers of all outstanding bond measures is $239/$100,000 of assessed value. In addition, WCCSD has a $72 parcel tax for facility maintenance and improvements. They also have a second parcel tax of 7.2 cents per square foot equating to $108 per 1,500 square foot home for educational programs, libraries, athletics, and teachers.

The MDUSD cumulative cost to taxpayers of all outstanding bond measures is $60/$100,000 of assessed value. In addition, MDUSD has a $67/parcel Mello-Roos tax used to fund a $90 million dollar facilities bond. MDUSD does not have a parcel tax to save or restore educational programs, libraries, athletics, and teachers.

This week the WCCSD school board approved going forward with polling to determine support for another parcel tax in November.

Should MDUSD pursue a parcel tax?

West Contra Costa schools to gauge support for November parcel tax

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