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Someone say parcel tax?

By knoceda
Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 4:53 pm in General, Hayward, Schools.

With the state budget crisis likely to drain an already depleted source of revenue for public schools, what are your thoughts on a parcel tax to support the local school district?

Would you support one? If so, why? What are some areas you would want supported in a parcel tax (i.e. additional program offerings, teacher compensation, etc.) if it were to go before voters?

Also, what are reasons you would not support a parcel?

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  • J. W. Kyle

    A parcel tax ? Who is kidding who?

    We all know that teachers need a raise. If you do not believe that then ask a teacher. Shucks if police officers draw down over $100,000 with overtime etc. then why are we not paying teachers more? Look at the HUSD Website and explore the subject at Longwood School as an example…..

    The Maintenance Assessment District has an annual tax of $28. per parcel and that raises around $1,300,000 per year. That amount would only cover teachers to something near $1,500 annually per each teacher, which will not serve their need. Now some parcels will see an annual assessment of $600 FOR EACH OF THE FOUR SCHOOL BOND ASSESSMENTS ( each sepaarated by four year intervals )

    I find it difficult that seniors will part with several multiples of that $28 number (For maintenance assessment) in order to satisfy the demands of teachers….. shucks, teachers all have college degrees, let ‘em find work at which they are more likely to succeed when meeting their personal,ultimate goals!

    $1,500 this year, then what happens nest year….? Tell me how that meets their need? Keep in mind also tha Social security checks ‘climbed’ about 2.7 % in year 2008 and that medicare ate into that sum rather substantially!

    Perhaps HEA can explain it to the public!

  • ridgedweller

    I wouldn’t mind paying a parcel tax — if Hayward schools would improve to where they improved my property value. However, with Hayward public schools having so many gang and drug issues a parcel tax will only decrease my property value more. As it is, people with kids – if they want good schools, go to Castro Valley or Fremont (Palo Alto if you can afford it!) Otherwise, they go private or home school. Until the drug and gang problem is solved and test scores rise, reaching further into my pocket won’t help the schools nor my property value. So keep your hands out of my pocket and NO PARCEL TAX.

  • J. W. Kyle

    On the other hand, the City of Hayward is coming up short of the income necessary to maintain essential services. Even if the new red light violation cameras are successful in bringing in added income, how many violations can be cited and will the resultant $270, fine fill the gap in the budget needs? Enough to make up a soon to be experienced, multi-million dollar annual shortfall?

    The City took a major hit with the continuing decline of auto sales along hayward’s Auto Row ! The loss of the Ford Dealership and the probable loss of other dealers will really hurt.

    The loss of the 238 bypass imposes much traffic on Mission which makes street parking near the auto dealer-ships extremely difficult due to constant, heavy traffic conditions. Hayward’s dealersgips are unable top compete with those auto sales outlets located on sites visible from the freeways.

    Much thanks to HAPA/CATS folks for their effort to defeat the 238 by-pass! Two of their recognized members were recently running for a council seat in City of Hayward elections. Had they won, it mighthave been interesting to hear their solutions to the loss along auto row and it certau=inly brings home the error of those who voted to defeat the 238 Bypass!

    City will suffer a greater shortfall than will school district and so I would expect defeat for parcel tax by HUSD, especially since we are faced with three more Bond Votes, at four year intervals. A parcel tax by HUSD places into jepoardy our need for furure bond elections necessary to see success of ‘THE MASTER PLAN’.

    City of Hayward would need a parcel tax, well in excess of the amount that we pay on the present HUSD Maintence ASSESSMENT PARCEL TAX OF $28, FOR A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING. That $28. per year raises about $1.3 million per year and another in similar amount would only provide about $1,599. per teacher per year just about ewnought to raise the total average per teaacher about $1,500; that sum would raise the ;average’ at Longwood school to someting just a bit less than $75,000 per year.

    Think about it !

    My guess on the City’s parcel tax if one is successfully approved by the voters, would be in the area above $100 per annum. but then, I am only guessing.

  • tubeboy

    If someone can prove to me that more money for schools equates to better schools than I am all for the parcel tax.
    If the parcel tax is just to pay the teachers more money than forget it. If the teachers want more money than they can change school districts. Like everyone else, if you are not happy with your salary than you find a better job or in teacher’s case a better paying school district. Fremont Unified pays more but medical benefits are not included. Oakland Unified pays more and it is Oakland.

  • J. W. Kyle

    The guy hiding behind the nom de plume “Tuneboy, seems well informed. Perhaps he can advise that Test Scores in Oakland are hiher than those seen in Hayward. If not, it may mean that wages foe teachers in Oakland are the equivalent of the ‘armed forces’ practice of handing out ‘combat pay’ !

  • ponee007

    It’s not always easy for families just to “move to a different school” – like Fremont or CV, so many families continue with the public school. There are many kids graduating, and doing well in HUSD – and they go off to college too – if you are just looking at test scores – of course it looks bad – but many HUSD kids do succeed & don’t off to gangs, etc.

    Maybe if all the families who are scared of the HUSD schools actually stuck around, instead of opting over to CV or going private, and stayed in the school working to improve it, getting involved with parent groups like pta, hold the schools accountable with the Williams legislation … things could improve but I see so many families just say: we will just transfer out to CV.

  • Watchdog

    If and only if the District would stop treating its classifed staff as expendable commodities and keep them employed, instead of laying them off; keeping money that local taxpayers are shelling out in Hayward, instead of dishing it out by piggy-backing on contracters, many of whom are out of the area.