Menlo Park City School District $598 Parcel Tax: Argument Against Measure B

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the Menlo Park City School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing “high quality educational programs”.

The district wants to extend the 2017 “temporary” parcel tax ($360) for another 12 years, and they want to add inflation adjustments so your taxes will rise every year for the next 12 years.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $7,176 over the next 12 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let’s look at latest academic performance:

2019-20 school year results: 15.93% below grade level for English.

2019-20 school year results: 17.49% below grade for math.

The District rewarded students, parents, and taxpayers for the passage of the 2017 parcel tax by dropping proficiency in English and miniscule 1.67% improvement in math!

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership – www.ed-data.org

Should you, the voters, reward the district for declining academics?

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

This District is already spending $19,990 per student per year, which is 148% ABOVE the statewide average ($13,489), while providing average education.  Yet, they want more of your hard-earned money to pad their salaries (averaging $106,988) plus up to $13,250 in benefits) and fat pension plans.

They claim no funds will be used for administration.  But revenues increased over the last five years ($12,215,610) can be used for administration expenses without limits. 

They say this tax will raise $4,600,000, but revenues are already up $12,215,610 in the last 5 years. They clearly don’t need the tax revenues.

Tell the Menlo Park City School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on_Measure_B.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!



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