Argument Against

Sunnyvale School District $59 Parcel Tax - Measure BB


In 2013, just 3 years ago, voters approved a $96,000,000 bond measure and now the District is coming back for more loot.


They are asking for an early renewal of a $59 parcel tax approved by voters in 2011 for 7 more years.  It’s scheduled to expire in 2018.


Why are they coming back to the voters 2 years early?


According to the web site:, the district revenues for 2014-15 (latest figures available) were $70,406.965 and for 2013-14 school-year, revenues were $65,556,707.


That’s a $4,580,258 jump in revenues in just one year.  So, why do they need to renew this $59 parcel tax early?


Answer: they don’t.


They are spending $10,827 per student per year in 2014/15 which is 112% of the statewide average.  That’s a $1,049 per student revenue increase year over year.


If they are already receiving and spending $1,049 per student more than last school year, why do they need an early renewal of this $59 parcel tax?


Answer: they don’t.


And that’s on top of the $96,000,000 bond measure approved in 2013 that is estimated to cost over $14,114 per student -- NOT counting interest expense.


It’s time we said no to the tax and spend special interest crowd and reject this parcel tax.


In two years, when the current tax expires, if the parcel tax is needed, then the voters can renew the tax, but there’s no reason to renew it early especially with the current revenues.


More money spent on schools will NOT result in higher test scores, but will result in bigger bureaucracies and fatter pensions.  Please vote NO on Measure BB.


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