Portola Valley School District $531 Parcel Tax: Argument Against Measure P

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the Portola Valley 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 ($581) for another 8 years, but they want to add 3% each year for the next 8 years.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $6,660 over the next 8 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let’s look at latest academic performance:

2017-18 school year results: 16.16% below grade level for English.

2017-18 school year results: 15.44% 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 – www.ed-data.org

It’s clear to see why student enrollment is declining.

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

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

This District is already spending $27,000 per student per year, which is 224% ABOVE the statewide average ($12,082), yet providing average education.  Yet, they want more of your hard-earned money to pad their salaries (averaging $101,829 plus up to $24,000 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 Portola Valley School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on_Measure_P.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

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