As a member of the La Cañada Unified School District Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, I was recently reminded that it was my turn to write an article highlighting one of the numerous programs currently funded by the parcel tax.
My colleagues have previously written in the local papers, explaining the parcel tax (a tax of $150 paid annually for five years, approved by residents within the boundaries of the LCUSD, that is added to our property tax bills). My committee members have highlighted different programs that the tax supports, including the music program for grades seven through 12 and computer specialists at the elementary schools.
With approximate revenues of $910,000 and $890,000 for the first two years the tax was in place (09/10 and 10/11), the list of programs that the parcel tax funds is quite impressive. In addition to the programs listed above, the tax has funded either full or partial salaries for teachers at La Cañada High School in the following areas: foreign language, art, science, math, psychology, social science and ASB support. It has provided for library support and counselors at all of the elementary schools and also funded a partial salary of technology support for all K-12 schools. It has supported ninth-grade class size reduction in English and math and funded class size reduction for kindergarten through third-grade classes in the 2009/2010 school year.