Below is a message from the Save Our Schools effort in Scotts Valley:
As you may have heard, the District is going place a Parcel tax measure on the June 5th Ballot. 100% of the money will go to our Scotts Valley Schools, it will be used entirely to support the classroom, and it cannot be taken away by the state. Further, senior citizens and those receiving SSI for a disability may exempt themselves. Save Our Schools Scotts Valley is a non-profit that we have organized to help ensure that the Measure passes. To help us pass this measure, we need your help with the following:
- SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 9th, from 6-9pm at BRUNO’s BBQ in SV.
We are holding a campaign KICK-OFF PARTY March 9th, upstairs at Brunos. We are hosting an event to raise awareness and support. Please save the date, and we will send more information in a couple weeks.
- Send us 10 emails of people that will support the Measure
Help us build our group of supporters. If you forward this on to 10 of your friends, and copy us, we can expand our group. We want everyone in Scotts Valley to be informed about the Measure, and understand why it is important to support.
- Visit Our Website www.SOSSV.org , and add your name!
Finally, visit our website, www.SOSSV.org and sign up to volunteer, endorse the measure, get a yard sign and even make a donation. We need your help!
During the March 8th SVUSD school board meeting there were several key points meeting which I feel need to reach the broader community. A few days after the meeting, knowing they’re captured on tape I email Brenda Spalding, Assistance to the Superintendent, and Dr. Silver asking if the audio could be made available on the web. I was pleasantly surprised when Dr. Silver indicated they were working on converting the tape to digital format and the result was posted to the district’s website (see Audio of meeting).
Here are the items I recommend listening to with the start time as indicated:
- 00:55 Dr. Silver’s opening remarks (includes remarks regarding her June retirement)
- 16:53 Katie Bagley Brook Knoll Kindergarten teacher’s open comment
- 23:55 Karen Jelcick’s comments related to the budget:
I’d like to especially thank Brenda Spalding and Dr. Silver for making this recording available.
Charlotte Multer SVEF President has organized a meeting for a fall Community Day fundraising event and all community members are invited to attend.
What: Meeting to discuss a Fall Community Day
When: June 1, 2010 7pm
Where: Community Center Main Room located behind the Chamber of Commerce office
The meeting will include information from several community members who attended the recent TFIN informational meeting.
[Updated: May 5, 2010] Added minutes from the meeting indicated with the vertical blue line at the left margin.
When: May 5th 2010 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Scotts Valley Middle School Library
Who: Open to anyone interested
On Wednesday May 5th, 2010 there will be a meeting for those interested in discussing and exploring the available options concerning a parcel tax. As with any tax measure there are many details to consider and a wide array of option regarding how to structure such a tax. Researching and formulating such a ballot measure is a task for citizens of the community and therefore it’s up to all of us as to what we would want to appear on a ballot.
- Michael Shulman
- Steve Trefethen
- Derek Timm
- Inger Arum
- Brian Harrison
- Jondi Gumz
- Carlos Arcangeli
- Katie Bagley
- Action item update from last meeting
- Michael put together a survey which was reviewed during the meeting for content/length/focus
- Michael and Brian did great work putting together a parcel spreadsheet in order to review different tax scenarios
- News Updates
- Scotts Valley Education Association (SVEA) position, results from survey
- Survey has been completed and results should be forthcoming
- Assessor’s office statement on the question of tax exempt property
- Email / phone contact with consulting firm
- Michael was contacted by WiSE Campaigns, a parcel tax consulting company, regarding our efforts. Not sure where that will lead at this point.
- Los Gatos HS parcel tax survey article (now linked)
- Senior exemption public notice in Sentinel (SC City)
- Seniors may file a one time exemption from a Parcel Tax as opposed to re-filing yearly
- Dollar-a-Day (DaD) letter
- Discussion of using this website as a basis for communication and fostering neighborhood organizations.
- Others (round the table)
- Google docs status
- Agreement that Google Docs is a good place for content/sharing
- Parcel spreadsheet data imported into Google Docs
- Draft survey available to the group via Google Docs
- Tax Structure
- Amount: $1.0M (what we need) v $X
- $150 flat
- $fixed + $/acre (and variations)
- Res v non-res
- Distribution constraints:
- Min / Max range
- Avoid steep transitions
- Duration: 5 yrs v ?
- Purpose: People and programs
- Discussion focused on raising enough to cover what’s needed which is $1M
- Issue raised of estimating the amount of Senior exceptions
- Examination of a per acre rate with a cap
- Leveraging the previously discussed $98 amount
- Survey Questions
- Awareness of fiscal situation
- $150/parcel support level
- Support for other distributions (2? 3? 4?)
- Importance / non-importance of distribution parameters
- Duration – is it even worth asking about?
- Purpose – a statement rather than a question
- Bond – is this the time to gather this info?
- Desire to keep the survey very short and concise
- Michael will be reworking the survey based on the progress made on a proposed structure for the parcel tax
- Communications & Networking
- Organizing for Scotts Valley Schools (OSVS)
- Decision to move forward with supporting/utilizing this effort Desire to keep the survey very short and concise
- Desire to maintain progress while moving into Summer break
At this point, there has been only one other related meeting held on April 14 at the Scotts Valley Middle School Library.
In order to properly structure any tax measure it’s really important to get as much feedback and input as possible, hope to see you there.
[Updated: May 5, 2010] Updated agenda and reworked the wording for type type of meeting to indicate this is open to anyone in the community interested in helping explore Parcel Tax options.