Measure D was on the ballot last June to continue the tax, asking for $166, but it was defeated, with 63 percent voting in favor when it needed two-thirds to pass. Now the district must decide on a monetary amount for a new parcel tax.
Consultant Jared Boigon of EMC Research suggested to the school board members that they recommend a moderate amount for the new tax, something from $128 to $144. Although at least one resident at the meeting recommended going as high as $350.
Although it is tempting to go for an amount that would make a dent in the projected deficit, the tax amount should be set closer to that recommended by the consultant. We cannot solve all the district's financial problems with a parcel tax. A certain segment of the population is against any new taxes, and it would only strengthen their argument to set the proposed tax too high.
The forums were held in an effort to gather information and do everything possible to get the voters to renew the parcel tax. After this good start, it would be a shame to jeopardize it by asking for too much money. We must remember the heartbreaks of 2003 and 2008, when the parcel taxes passed by a majority but not the requisite two-thirds. And this was before the economy entered its current challenges.
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