La Honda Pescadero Unified School District $130 Parcel Tax: Argument Against Measure M

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing “quality education”.

The district not only wants to extend the 2013 “temporary” parcel tax ($100) for another 7 years, they want a whopping 30% increase to $130 per year for most homeowners.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $910 over the next 7 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let’s look at latest academic performance:

2017-18 school year results: 60.36% below grade level for English.

2017-18 school year results: 77.58% below grade for math.

The District rewarded students, parents and taxpayers for the passage of the 2013 parcel tax by dropping proficiency in both English and math!

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership –

It’s clear to see why student enrollment is declining, poor academic results.

Should you, the voters, reward the district for dropping scores in both subjects?

If no, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure M.

This District is already spending $21,199 per student per year, which is 168% ABOVE the statewide average, yet providing way below average education.  Yet, they want more of your hard-earned money to pad their salaries (averaging $70,010 plus up to $11,487 in benefits) and fat pension plans.

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 La Honda Pescadero Unified School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on_Measure_M.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

No argument in FAVOR of Measure M was submitted by the school district.  Hence there is no rebuttal to the argument in favor.

If the School District cares so little about this measure, why did the file for an election and NOT submit an argument in favor?  Clearly, they don't really want the money

Either they don't care or they're incompetent.  Either way, that's a good reason to vote NO on Measure M.

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