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Renewing Parcel Tax Funding for Los Gatos Schools

 
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Maintaining Quality of Education in Los Gatos Schools  

Los Gatos Union School District provides a high-quality, well-rounded education to local elementary and middle school students. Teachers and innovative academic programs contribute to high levels of student achievement. Local schools are the heart of the community.

 

Measure B, the Locally-Controlled Parcel Tax, is Set to Expire

For over 30 years, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno voters have renewed our locally-controlled parcel tax known as Measure B. Measure B provides $2.7 million in annual revenue ($290 per parcel) to fund highly qualified teachers and fund core academics in our schools. Measure B is set to expire next year.



graph showing declining value of parcel tax
The  Los Gatos Union School District parcel tax hasn’t been increased in nearly 20 years, and the value to District schools has declined by over 30% due to inflation. Measure B funding is set to expire in June of 2022 and cannot be renewed without an election. If the measure expires, LGUSD would face $2.7 million in cuts, or the equivalent of losing 15% of the teaching staff in LGUSD schools. 
 

 
 
Even with Measure B, Los Gatos schools trail 18% behind similar California districts in per pupil spending.
 
Bar Graph CA Schools vs. LGUSD

Renewing Measure B to Provide High-Quality Education

The LGUSD Board of Trustees is investigating renewing and increasing Measure B on the November 2021 ballot. While no decisions have been made at this time, if the parcel tax measure is approved by local voters, funds from this measure could be only be used for voter-approved purposes, including:

  • Retaining highly qualified teachers
  • Protecting core academic programs
  • Expanding programs and labs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math

 

Mandatory Taxpayer Protections

Similar to Measure B, a renewal measure would have fiscal accountability, including independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits to ensure funds are spent as promised. All funds would be controlled locally and could not be taken away by the State. Additionally, senior citizen homeowners will continue to be eligible for an exemption.

 

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Information Links:

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Renewing Local Funding Factsheet

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