Phony Parcel Tax to Give More $$ to Unions

This is how a Board of Education lies about the use of tax money.  A Santa Barbara school district wants a parcel tax to raise $360,000 a year.  How are they going to spend it?

“The parcel tax of $79 per parcel would last five years and if passed, Measure S is expected to raise $360,000 annually.

Superintendent Anne Hubbard said the district wants to raise additional money to fund art and music programs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); improve the student to staff ratio by adding teachers or instructional aides; maintain safe school facilities and protect support programs for at-risk students and high performing students.

The proposed tax won’t increase administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions, she said.”

Actually, the $360,000 was planned to be spent on salaries, pensions, etc.  By passing the bond measure, the district will not have to spend that money on tech, STEM programs, etc.  In other words they take real money from the general fund budget and supplant it with the tax money—watch as the cost of wages and pensions go up by approximately $360,000 a year.  That is how the hacks running government school got to lie to the public and make it seem honest.

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Hope School District in Santa Barbara Will Try for Parcel Tax in June

Noozehawk,  2/7/18

County Board of Supervisors approved putting $79-per-parcel tax on ballot

The Hope Elementary School District is going for a parcel tax in June, and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved putting the proposal on the ballot.

The parcel tax of $79 per parcel would last five years and if passed, Measure S is expected to raise $360,000 annually.

Superintendent Anne Hubbard said the district wants to raise additional money to fund art and music programs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); improve the student to staff ratio by adding teachers or instructional aides; maintain safe school facilities and protect support programs for at-risk students and high performing students.

The proposed tax won’t increase administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions, she said.

“Hope School District — like most school districts in California — is experiencing rising costs, but little to no increases in revenues,” Hubbard said.

“Schools are increasingly asked to do so much more than simply provide the basic education fundamentals, and we embrace our opportunity to positively impact the youth of our community. However, as services expand and expectations increase, we have little to no means of providing revenue to meet that challenge.”

Hope Elementary School District includes Hope Elementary School, Monte Vista School and Vieja Valley School.

The tax measure requires approval by two-thirds of the voters to pass, and would take effect July 1.

Seniors and disabled property owners can opt out of the parcel tax, if it is approved, according to Hubbard.

Hubbard said PTAs and Hope School District Educational Foundation members worked furiously to raise funds to provide librarians, instructional aides, art, music, physical education, field trips, assemblies and other programs — but the costs are increasing.

“To bring in more revenue for the district and continue offering a high-quality and relevant education to our students, a group of dedicated community members began the process of passing a parcel tax to provide much-needed revenue,” Hubbard said.

“Measure S was crafted to help the district continue to excel and make the community proud while having little impact on taxpayers.”

Hubbard noted that the district’s families and surrounding community are generous with their money and time.

“However, even with the phenomenal support our district has, we simply cannot continue to provide the programs we offer without increasing our revenue in some way,” she said.

“The district enjoys a well-deserved reputation for providing exceptional and high-quality education to a diverse population of incredible students.”

Hope Elementary School District is basic-aid funded, as are Montecito Union School District, Goleta Union School District, Cold Spring School District and soon, the Santa Barbara Unified School District. 

Basic-aid means a district’s local property taxes exceed its per-student state funding amount, which is also known as the Local Control Funding Formula.

 

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