Primary Argument Against Measure H (Foothill-De Anza $49 Parcel Tax)

  • In this measure, the community college district is seeking $48 per parcel in

additional tax every year (for 5 years) which would raise about $22 million for the operation of the district - including higher salaries and/or benefits for employees.

In recent years, enrollment in the two local community colleges (Foothill and De Anza) has dropped. What has increased is the number of retirees. Local (and state) retirees are mounting. State and local taxpayers are liable for pensions and various post-retirement benefits that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

Meanwhile, local governments keep asking for more money - borrowing through the sale of bonds and increasing operating revenue through per-parcel taxes and other means.

Which employees of the college district would receive the extra $22 million taken from residents under this measure? It would be entirely up to the district.

Currently, the highest compensated employee in the district is the "chancellor" whose total package was $425,916 in 2018. See the "Transparent California" website for all California local government employees.

The second highest compensation package in 2018 went to a lower-level administrator whose "regular pay" was $111, 405, but who also received "other pay" of $228,782 and benefits costing the district $29,714 for a yearly total of

$340,187.

The district has dozens of employees receiving compensation over $250,000 per year- many of whom do not even teach a single class.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Quite a CASH COW for some.

Also endorsing a NO vote:

Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County

Attorney Gary Wesley

Brian Holtz - Vice President: Purissima Hills Water District

Bill White - district resident - Los Altos

Chris Robell - Palo Alto resident & retired CFO

John Inks - former Mountain View City Councilman


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