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High School District Hopes Third Time's a Charm with Parcel Tax

The Jefferson Union High School District voted unanimously Wednesday to ask voters to approve a $48 annual parcel tax, the third such measure it's approved in less than two years.

 

The Jefferson Union High School District Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to ask voters to approve a parcel tax on June 5.

The measure is JUHSD’s third try in less than two years, but board members, after reviewing polling data, have slashed the parcel tax rate down to $48 per household, just half the amount the district failed to convince voters to approve in and .

A majority of voters supported the parcel tax in November and May, but passage required super-majority, or two-thirds, support. 

Staff and administrators say the parcel tax is necessary because of unpredictable, yet steadily diminishing, state funding for K-12 education.

“We can no longer rely on the state to provide the resources we need to adequately fund education in our community," said Sergio Robledo, English teacher and Daly City resident." The state’s repeated funding reductions threaten academic programs and classroom instruction. Our schools need this stable source of funding to protect our quality academic programs.”

JUHSD has had to cut $3.4 million annually out of its budget since 2008, when trouble with the economy and California public school funding began. That was about 8 percent of its budget in 2011. The district is looking at the possibility of cutting another $1.5 million out next year. Any money raised through a local parcel tax cannot be absorbed by the state, and will stay in area schools. 

Some Pacifica civic leaders are getting behind the upcoming campaign, and the district has tapped one of the organizers of ’s recently successful to lead this one.

“This measure will not only support our high schools, but it is also fiscally sound,” said Pacifica City Concilman Len Stone. “Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits will ensure that every dollar is used for voter-approved purposes and no funds can be used for administrators’ salaries. This is what our high schools need to continue graduating well-educated and well-prepared students in our communities.”

Kalimah Salahuddin, an Oceana and parent and organizer of PSD’s Measure L campaign, said she is confident she can make her record two for two.

“I have volunteered to chair the campaign to support this measure because I want my children to receive the best education possible.  We have great teachers and academic programs in our schools, but we need stable funding in our classrooms so local students continue to succeed. I look forward to the work ahead to achieve a victory in June.”

Will you vote for this $48 parcel tax?

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CQ March 09, 2012 at 06:37 PM
NO! With all the bullying against other students going tolerated within the schools, our family won't support any additional taxes. FYI, a parcel tax is not tax-deductible under the CA. Franchise Tax Board upped audits and enforcement that started in 2012.
Charles March 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
My income is steadily diminishing too! Ask Obama he's got millions in his campaign war chest!
Pat March 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
NO! Quit socking it to the homeowner, let the parents pony up some money. Maybe if the JUHSD paid more attention to their budget and not waste money on a football field with no team or a high priced theater for all the "GLEE" wannabe's. They would have the funds to provide a proper high school education.
Ryan August 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Pat, educate yourself about education funding. The football field and the new building were funded through bonds. Bonds pay for one thing: construction. They can pay for the "Glee" facility, but cannot pay for the teachers, technology or textbooks.
Jo Tog August 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
It is important to have good schools in Pacifica. Will more money help? No. The class that just graduated was the most ill-behaved, drugged up, alcoholic, juvenile delinquents I have seen. They are sophisticated and devious. I hope those bad seeds don't end up killing someone, as they loved to talk about such violence on their facebook.The High Schools never did anything about it. That is what should worry everyone.
Ryan August 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I believe you are trying to make a correlation between the money the school has and the behavior of the students. If that is the case, don't you think that more funding for more programs could redirect the energy of these students? Your generalizations cause you to blame the actions of a few on the entire student body. Attacking their learned behaviors that may not be the most favorable cannot be blamed on the high schools, where they spend four of their 14-18 years.

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