Saratoga Union School District $68 Parcel Tax: Argument Against Measure A

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the Saratoga Union School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing quality education.  Have they earned it?

The district revenues are currently $16,202 per student per year.  The average revenues for all elementary schools for California is $11,698. 

The district is already spending $4,504 per student more than the statewide average.

The average class size in the district is 24.1 students.

So, the district is spending (24.1 students x $16,202 per student) equals $390,468.20 per classroom per year.

And how does the District compare financially with its neighbor, the Cupertino Union School District?  Answer: $10,293 per student with a class size average of 27.4 (2014-15 school year – latest figures available) or an annual expense of $282.028.20 per classroom.

The Saratoga Union School District is currently spending $108,440 more per classroom than the Cupertino Union School District with virtually the same academic results.

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

Clearly this tax increase is not needed.

We encourage you to vote NO on Measure A.

And how much of the $390,468.20 per classroom goes to the teachers?

Answer: the average district salary for teachers is $98,753 plus benefits up to $34,085 per year.  That’s $16,030 more than the average teacher’s salary in Cupertino.

The measure says that none of the funds will be used for administration.  But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits.  So, that is really an empty promise.  Do not be fooled.

Tell the Saratoga Union School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on_Measure_A.

If you reward over spending, you will get more over spending!


Saratoga Union School District $68 Parcel Tax: Rebuttal to the Argument in Favor of Measure A

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the Saratoga Union School District claims:

Without Measure A, approximately $475,000 annually would have to be cut from the school district’s annual budget affecting our exemplary academic programs.”.

Is that true?

The district revenues are currently $16,202 per student per year (2016-17 = latest figures available).  Source: California Education Data Partnership (ed-data.org)

For the 2015-16 school year, district revenues per student per year was $15,344.

That is a revenue increase, year to year, of $858 per student.

Student enrollment for 2016-17 was 1,906 students.

Let’s do the math: 1,906 students times $858 revenue increase per student, year over year equals $1,635,348 in additional revenues.

If voters reject the $475,000 tax increase, the district will still have a revenue increase, year to year, of $1,160,348.

Clearly, this tax is unwarranted.

The district is already spending $4,504 per student more than the statewide average.

How does the District compare financially with its neighbor, the Cupertino Union School District?  Answer: $10,293 per student with a class size average of 27.4 (2014-15 school year – latest figures available) or an annual expense of $282.028.20 per classroom, versus $390,468.20 in the Saratoga Union School District.

Clearly this tax increase is not needed.

The $475,000 parcel tax is a mere 1.29% of the district’s annual revenues of $36,647,682.

Just say: NO on Measure A.

Tell the Saratoga Union School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting:

NO on Measure A

If you reward over spending, you will get more over spending!


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