Supporters of the proposed $378 million school bond measure have raised $88,174, with the largest donations coming from real estate developers, according to campaign-finance statements released Friday.
The "Strong Schools for a Strong Community" campaign group is urging residents to vote "Yes" on Measure A on the June 3 ballot.
The group has spent $20,000 on Oakland-based political consultant Larry Tramutola and about $9,000 for literature and postage, with another roughly $10,000 in bills to Mountain View-based printing company Inksmith, forms released Friday reveal.
The forms don't count the thousands of hours volunteers have spent calling residents from phone banks and walking door-to-door, campaign co-chair Jon Foster said.
The bond measure would continue without increasing the current property-tax rate of $44.50 annually per $100,000 assessed valuation in order to raise the $378 million. It would likely run until around 2042, according to the school district's Co-chief Business Official Bob Golton.
That's $445 for a house worth $1 million.
The district and bond-measure supporters say the money is necessary to renovate and expand aging facilities, especially as school enrollment grows.
Opponents of the bond measure, including Palo Alto resident Wayne Martin, declined to form an official committee and filed no finance statement.
Martin has been working non-stop on his anti-measure Web site, http://paloaltansforcommonsense.com , he said.
The pro-measure campaign reported donations ranging from $100 to $10,000.
Commercial real estate developer Roxy Rapp, who steered the creation of Ramona Plaza in downtown Palo Alto, gave the biggest gift of $10,000. Developer Charles "Chop" Keenan and Mark Gates Jr., who works with Keenan, each gave $5,000. Developer Jim Baer gave $5,000.
Public officials also opened their wallets for the campaign. Mayor Larry Klein gave $365 while Vice Mayor Peter Drekmeier ponied up $100.
State senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, gave $250.
School community members also donated.
School board President Dana Tom gave $500 and Vice President Barb Mitchell gave $1,000.
The California Teachers Association gave $3,000. The PTAs of Palo Alto High School, Terman and Jordan middle schools and El Carmelo Elementary School donated. Paly PTA President Preeva Tramiel personally gave $500.
Resident Elaine Hahn, who hosted the campaign's April kick-off party at her house, donated $1,200 in food and beverages and another $2,500 in funds.
The campaign has spent the most money so far, or $20,000, on political consultant Tramutola, who also consulted for the successful $143 million school-bond Measure B in 1995. Its second-highest expenditures are on printing and mailing at about $19,000.
The campaign also spent about $2,400 on print advertising in the Weekly.