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Early results show Portola Valley schools parcel tax measure trailing behind

Original post made on Mar 3, 2020

With about 34% of the votes counted by 10 p.m., 63.26% of voters have said yes to a parcel tax for Portola Valley schools, a measure that requires a two-thirds voter majority to pass.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 9:50 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Paul
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 3, 2020 at 11:41 pm

This is exhaustion of a shrinking school system continuing to ask for more more more. The construction bond was too much. Every 10 minutes we’re told they need millions more for math science, reading, writing....what have our property taxes been paying for??

Posted by No Way
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:36 am

Thanks voters for making the right choice.
We are already taxed out of existence.

To PV School Board:
I would spend your measure "Z" money wisely.

Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 4, 2020 at 9:21 am

I hope other school districts look at these results and reconsider their plans to add a parcel tax to the ballot. People are tired of getting taxed again and again when they districts can't justify needing more money. Declining enrollment and skyrocketing property tax revenue means they are already getting a huge boost in revenue every year. GREED is NOT good!

Posted by Rick
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 5, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Thank you voters! The relentless attacks by the schools/liberal on propety tax grew tiresome. Especially annoying that it was initially pitched a temporary tax. So tired of the generic rally call, " keep classes small!" Yet they bus in kids from other districts...

Posted by Leslie
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 5, 2020 at 3:29 pm

Final results of the San Mateo Ballot will be posted @ 4:30pm March 5. Nothing is final until then.

Posted by Paul
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 5, 2020 at 7:53 pm

The district will tell itself they have a "messaging problem" You don't. You have a spending problem.

In 2013 when the previous tax was passed there were 673 students. Next year will be 529. Enrollment has dropped every single year for the past decade. Property tax receipts are up 5% every year. Enrollment is down 20% over that period. We'll spend 16 million next year for those 529 students = 30,000 per student. Do a web search to see how that stacks up in California and the US.

The elephant in the room here is the district's "success" in selling Measure Z, which was based on the fiction that the buildings we bought with the LAST bond (and will STILL be paying for for several more years) are failing. We were sold the need to spend $49,000,000 for a fun project and shiny new buildings because of peeling paint and need for a new AC. No wait, the $47,000,000. No wait, it's not 47,000,000. We'll be paying $97,000,000 with interest. We'll be paying it until 2047.

See the last page: Web Link

I'm begging the board and the bond committee to not spend the Measure Z money just because you can. Enrollment will continue to drop. Maintain the buildings you have, they're fine. Improve and maintain. In 2025-30 we can take another look after we've paid off the last bond and enrollment stabilizes. Thats the responsible thing.

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