Los Gatos Union School Trustees OK $50K For Parcel Tax Survey

Political consulting firm TBWB Strategies will work with pollster EMC Research to gauge voter support for tax extension set to expire in 2014.

Voters living within the boundaries are possibly looking at continuing to pay a $290-per-parcel tax they approved in June 2008 to keep local education afloat.

During their last meeting, trustees agreed to hire TBWB Strategies at a cost of $30,000 to conduct a survey to determine voter support for the possible extension of the tax, which expires in 2014.

TBWB Strategies is the same political and communications consulting firm that helped the district renew its parcel tax in June of 2008 and it's also the same company that helped the

If placed on the ballot, the measure will need 66.7 percent to pass on Election Day. TBWB will work with pollster EMC Research at a cost of $20,000 and members of the school community to craft the survey and make an educated recommendation to trustees about the measure as well as the best election date and type of ballot.

District parents said the error showed disrespect to voters.

The omission was brought to the trustees' attention in March by parents unhappy with plans and past district blunders.

Board of Education President Kathleen Bays attributed the mistake to a change in superintendents between Suzanne Boxer-Gassman and Richard Whitmore and chief business officer.

Bays said the LGUSD collects $2.6 million a year from the parcel tax, which goes straight into the district's general fund.

KMD August 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Beware of the following terms "General Fund" "Oversight Committee" "Tax Expiration Date" It's all too easy to fudge around and take advantage of. The community is better off coming up with a private fundraising plan that will be held accountable vs a local, state or federal gov't appointed committees to spend our dollars under the auspices of a "Dedicated General Fund" There is no such thing as an "expired tax" but always makes for a great sales pitch. "General Funds" are nothing more than giving gov't the ability to use money as they see fit, not necessarily be where you think it's going. Gov't Oversight Committee's have their own agenda at heart and are rarely, if at all, held accountable. Consider all the shenigans and abuse of tax payer money that has gone on at the local, state and federal levels. We need to do something, but it should be done at the private sector level with high accountability. Next time you vote for "education" or threatened "city services" check the fine print for exactly what percentage of the money actually will be spent on those areas. See http://cacs.org/ for examples all across the state of wasteful spending of tax payer money.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 03, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Tax, Tax, & even more Taxes.....


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