School Parcel Tax Vote in June: Are You In?

The Jefferson Union High School District is asking voters to approve a $48 parcel tax to soften the state's cuts to education. Will you vote yes?

In June, for the third time in less than two years, the Jefferson Union High School District will run a parcel tax past voters. 

Residents within the district, which covers Pacifica, Daly City, Colma, Broadmoor and Brisbane will see Measure Y on June 5's ballot. It's a $48-per-parcel annual tax lasting four years with an exemption for seniors 65 years old and over. 

Proponents of the tax, which have branded their campaign as "Yes on Measure Y - Protect Our High Schools", say the tax is necessary to preserve core programs at local high schools, including and , in the face of continuing cuts by the state to education funding. 

"Since 2008, state funding for our high schools has been cut by $3.4 million annually," the campaign's website says. "Now, our schools may face another $1.5 million in cuts next year."

Yes on Y is emphasizing student preparedness for college in its campaign literature. 

"To continue preparing our students for college and high paying jobs, our high schools—Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Westmoor and Thornton—need a stable source of funding," the website reads. 

Another key component of the funds that could potentially be raised by Measure Y is that they would stay local and the state cannot take them away if it decides to go ahead with further cutting education funding. 

The $48 amount is just half of what the district has asked voters to approve twice before, once in and . 

The amount was lowered after extensive polling by the district's research and consulting firms, Godbe Research and TBWB Strategies. Supposedly, there is adequete support for the new, lower amount. 

Adequete support means a two-thirds majority vote in support of the tax, a threshold JUHSD has been unable to reach the last two times it's tried. 

So, will you support Measure Y in June? Take our poll and let us know in the comments. 

Pat May 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM
How about we call this measure "protect our perks and pensions". Here we go again, another shakedown of the Pacifica homeowner. They don't get it, we have voted down this pig of a measure twice and again it's dressed up and put back out there. Enough with this inept JUHSD management. Should we give them more money to fund more boondoggles like the Oceana High School football field? Wait a minute, they don't even have a football team. How about the new theater at Terra Nova High School. Never mind all the rhetoric about improving education, let's bulid an expensive theater so we can be like the TV show "Glee". Really? JUHSD, we have told you twice, the answer is "NO". We homeowners are sick and tired of the guilt trip and the shakedown. Live within your means, we all have to.
Bhatman May 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Responsible homeowners and the taxpayers at large understand that we all benefit from a well funded school system. Hopefully small mindedness and Tea Party nincompoopery won't stand in the way of educating our children.
Chip May 04, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The campus improvements in JUHSD are paid for by a bond measure passed around 7 years ago. These are the first plant upgrades in DECADES. That money CANNOT be spent for anything else, like text books or teachers, counselors, office staff, maintanence workers, etc, which have all been CUT. The new bond measure is needed to keep the schools open and hire teachers and staff to keep the class sizes reasonable, as if 34 students to a room is reasonable, and provide services to the students. JUHSD is one of the poorest districts on the SF Peninsula because, for one, there are no large corporations in the district paying taxes that would supplement the education budget. The teachers and staff at all of the school sites have already taken pay cuts and pay a big chunk of their own health care costs (setting them back about 5 years in pay) in order to keep enough money in the coffers to avoid teacher layoffs, thus increasing class sizes. Bus service has been scaled back to ONE school bus, there is no district supplied transportation for field trips, etc. The new theater at TN can actually bring in money as it can be rented out for functions, as are the sports venues. I'd like to know just what "perks" Pat is talking about. As for pensions, they are a percentage of salary, which is already so low that many teachers rent rooms in other people's homes or still live with their parents. It'd be nice if you actually knew what you were talking about.
Jo Tog May 24, 2012 at 05:08 AM
If the District employees don't like the pay they can find work elsewhere. I am sure there are some starving students that could do a much better job with a fresh perspective. Homeowners are stretched to the limit.
Thomas H. Clifford May 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Jo Tog, We should replace our teachers with starving students instead of paying 1 and 1/3 cents a day more on our property Tax ?
Pancho May 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
if JUHSD shutdown Oceana High School (not needed), fired half of the JUHSD district bureaucrats and did away with all those non essential feel good classes and staff; they would not need the parcel tax. All they need to do is stick to the basics: math, reading, writing and science.
Thomas H. Clifford May 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM
oops 13 cents a day not 1& 1/3 cent , still a very small price to pay insure our children's future.
Jo Tog May 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Amen to that ,Pancho. I agree. There is lots of funds that could be used for just; reading , writing , math. Instead, the school forces unnecessary garbage learning that takes up way too much time and funds. We need to close down the dept of education and start over with a clean slate. That includes the Teachers Union that will not allow innovation and new ideas. Too many commies are in the education system indoctrinating your children into thinking that "if it feels good , do it" mentality.


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