How do Loma Prieta Union salaries compare to Santa Cruz County school districts?
The majority of the Loma Prieta Union school residents and students (over 80%) live in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz County has 10 school districts. Compared to Santa Cruz County school districts, the Loma Prieta Union average certified teacher salary ranks as the first or second top paying district. Source data: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/fd/cs/
How much will my taxes increase?
$348 per year for eight years ($2784.00), on average about 10% for Santa Cruz tax payers. https://www.tax-rates.org/california/santa_cruz_county_property_tax
Can I still donate to the LPJUSD?
By all means! You can make a tax-deductible donation directly to the school. LPJUSD
What happens if the parcel tax measure fails?
LPJUSD board will have to finally address the structural problems at the Los Gatos district and match the revenue to expenses. Existing district revenue based on the Local Funding formula (property tax money) and existing parcel taxes enables a fiscally sound, responsible budget. There is no need for this ongoing roller coaster budget crisis.
Has Loma Prieta Joint Union School District (LPJUSD) enrollment increased?
No, school enrollment has been consistently declining and is projected to continue declining in the upcoming years. As our revenue increases, and our student headcount decreases, the school has far more money to spend per student. Again, we do not have a funding problem, we have a management problem. (Source: Loma Prieta Joint Union School […]
Isn’t the money for the children?
Not really. The LPJUSD board says that none of the funds will be used for administration. However this is deceptive as funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses, without limits. Essentially this is an empty promise. Example – The Superintendent position compensation at LPJUSD from 2013-2020 increased by approximately […]
Do we pay our fair share as a community for our children’s education?
Absolutely. Have a look at a sample Los Gatos local property tax bill.
Aren’t we already paying property taxes to fund LPJUSD?
Yes, we are! And likely more than most expect — it is the single largest allocation of your property tax. Loma Prieta Joint Union School District is fortunate enough to be in an enviable position of being under the Local Control Funding Formula. This means LPJUSD collects far more in taxes than the state funding […]
Hasn’t a school parcel tax already been rejected?
YES. It was rejected by the Los Gatos voters in November of 2020.
Aren’t we already paying parcel taxes for our schools?
Yes, in 1996 Measure D was approved for a $150 per parcel tax, with no expiration date. Parcel taxes with NO expiration dates are very uncommon.