In November, San Carlos voters will decide on a proposed $185 permanent parcel tax which is aimed at helping the cash-strapped San Carlos School District. The district has faced massive cuts over the past few years with another $800,000 looming in the not-to-distant future. The article published in the San Mateo Daily Journal indicates that a preliminary poll shows support for the measure.
In my humble opinion, its about time. Folks in San Carlos have seem massive appreciation in home values over the past ten years. Part of this appreciation is due in large part to the dedicated professionals who make up the SCSD and who have made our school district one of the most desirable around. Schools in the SCSD have continually ranked among the best in the Bay Area and they have done it in the face of constant budget constraints.
The San Carlos Educational Foundation has been a huge help in providing the funds which the SCSD needs to bridge the gap between their operating budget and the funds given by the State. SCEF is a lifesaver for the SCSD and they do an excellent job showing the disparity between State funds and SCSD’s true need. I would strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in San Carlos education to visit their site.
Even with SCEF’s help, the district still needs a steady, reliable, revenue stream to overcome the cuts on the horizon.
A link to the complete article in the San Mateo Daily Journal can be found by clicking here http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=96005
Thanks for the info and analysis, Bob. I agree that the parcel tax is needed, and hopefully will be supported by those who have kids in the SC schools, as well as those who don’t. As you point out, we all have benefited from the increased property values that can be credited in large part to the school system.
The nice thing about a parcel tax is that it keeps our education tax dollars local. It’s my understanding that a large proportion of our state and federal tax dollars for education never make their way back to San Carlos, resulting in such basic programs as art, music and PE having to rely on outside, private funding. This is risky at best.
I agree that the SCEF has been fantastic, and would love to see the Foundation relieved of some of its burden to fund basic programs and instead be able to focus on things like class size reductions and other priorities that are currently out of reach.