A mistake on the recently mailed Santa Clara County property tax bills comes at the expense of the Palo Alto Unified School District.
The tax bills failed to include a $12-per-parcel charge to property owners in the school district, which represents the escalator clause of a parcel tax approved by voters in 2010.
The error -- which will reduce receipts to the district by an estimated $200,000 to $250,000 -- will be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Board of Education.
"Staff is seeking advice from the county tax collector and our legal counsel regarding the best option to levy this escalation and will provide a plan at the meeting," the district's Chief Business Officer Cathy Mak said in a staff report.
"Factors that staff are considering include minimizing the confusion to the property owners, financial impact and costs to the district and implications to the county tax collectors office."
The parcel tax in question is Measure A, passed by 79 percent of voters in May 2010. It called for a $589-per-parcel tax extending for six years with a 2 percent annual escalation adjustment. The tax carries an optional exemption for property owners over 65.
Proceeds of the tax contributed $11.6 million toward the current year's operating budget of $162.4 million.
Property owners paid $589 per parcel for the tax last year, and should have been assessed $601 per parcel this year.
In other business tonight, the board is expected to authorize an $8.5 million deal to purchase 2.6 acres at 525 San Antonio Road, the site of the Peninsula Day Care Center, which closed in June.
The property backs up to Greendell School, used by the school district for preschool and adult education activities. Greendell is contiguous with the Cubberley Community Center.
School officials have yet to articulate their plans for the day care or Cubberley properties, but have agreed to enter into discussions with the City Council this fall about the future of Cubberley.
Fast-rising enrollment, particularly in the younger grades in the southern part of town, has officials scrambling for classroom space and worrying about long-term planning should the trend continue.
Following a 5:30 p.m. executive session, the board's public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.