San Rafael Voters to Consider School Parcel Tax this Spring

San Rafael City Schools officials say the renewal tax is needed to maintain class sizes and program offerings at district high schools and elementary schools.


Will you vote to renew a San Rafael parcel tax this spring? 

Officials with San Rafael City Schools are hoping a majority of San Rafael voters are willing to renew a 24-year-old parcel tax in a special mail-in election this spring, which the school board unanimously approved on Jan. 28, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

The tax, which excludes north San Rafael, generated $4.8 million last year to San Rafael City Schools, according to the IJ. Voters will receive a special ballot on April 8 and must return it by May 7.

The tax currently increases by 5 percent each year and includes two separate amounts. When it expires in June 2014, it will be $203.70 per parcel for elementary schools and $139 per parcel for the high schools.

According to resolutions the school board approved, the tax will maintain class sizes, support counseling programs, maintain school libraries and technologies, attract and retain teachers, prepare students for college and enhance core academic programs including match, science and reading. 

San Rafael voters received a mailer (see images of it at the right) from the district earlier this month with information about the board voting on the ballot measure at its Jan. 28 meeting.

An independent community-based campaign committee, chaired by San Rafael High School alumnus Patty Garbarino, will promote the parcel tax in the next 10 weeks, according to the district

The district schools include Madrone High, San Rafael High, Terra Linda High, Venetia Valley K-8, Davidson Middle School and the following elementary schools:

  • Bahia Vista
  • San Pedro
  • Coleman
  • Short
  • Glenwood
  • Sun Valley
  • Laurel Dell
  • Venetia Valley

Last November, the district avoided $2.2 million in cuts when California voters approved Prop. 30. The district, along with Novato Unified School District and Ross Valley School District, would have been affected more than other Marin school districts because they are the only three “revenue limit” districts, which rely on a larger amount of funds from the state. The other school districts in Marin are basic aid districts and funded largely through property taxes. 

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Was Prop 30 not the end all on this subject?
J D Harris January 31, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I thought the the same thing re: Prop. 30. What the ___??? We are being asked ONCE AGAIN to shell out more taxes for schools. This is ridiculous. TAX TAX TAX. Start cutting BLOATED administrative expenses and CONSOLIDATE school districts before going to taxpayers for more "revenues." The sanitary districts are managed even worse, imo.
Closet Conservative February 01, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Never enough "investment" in education for our children and Americas "future". Tax and spend, then tax and spend [aka invest] some more. Lets tax the rich some more, it is only after all what is "fair". Endorsed by the Teachers Union and all good Progressives who "care".
Old Dude March 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
yeah...stop taxing me, my kids are done with school!
Old Dude March 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Seriously, my guess is that most of those posting in anger about renewing school bonds have children long through the system. These were the folks who benefitted heavily from CA having the best, and best funded schools in the country. Now they sit in their million dollar homes, paying nothing in property taxes, yet using the same roads, police and fire services, etc. So you're right, screw the younger generation, I need to heat my Tahoe house! Obviously you've not been near a public school in many years. There is no money for anything. If not for the PTA and school foundations, there would be no music, art, library, PE, computers, etc. Marin really is the land of selfish NIMBYs!! Change things you don;t like about the system, but don't punish young families any more than you are currently with the whole Prop 13 fiasco! Not only do young parents pay 10 times what you do in property taxes, they pay another couple of thousand in donations for books in public schools. Selfish bastards all of you!


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