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Foothill-De Anza board approves duo of tax measures for March 2020 ballot

Original post made on Nov 27, 2019

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District board approved two tax measures Monday that could alleviate budget woes and upgrade facilities at both college campuses.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 2:36 PM

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

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Foothill College is a first rate school and I hope to keep it that way by supporting this bond! My son, now doing a PhD at Harvard, went there for a second chance at his education and never looked back. Excellent teachers!

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Posted by Wise Owl
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

This is about the cost of 10 lattes on this chilly wet day! We would pay ten times $48 per year to support our community college system that welcomes EVERYONE. Providing an education and meaningful careers to our youth is valuable to everyone, even those without college-age students. They help our students restore some hope to their higher education goals, sometimes after a confusing high school experience with inflated grades, unclear purpose, peer and family pressures, and sometimes exaggerated entitlement. Foothill and DeAnza continue to receive top ratings, and not just for students who didn't excel in high school, but for many academic students too. The diversity of ages and backgrounds is a true strength of these schools. Although it serves many missions, for students coming out of high school balancing the high cost of college with exploring majors, it is practically a private school experience with small classes and a dedicated teaching staff. And most people don't know that the transfer route to (about 5) UCs is practically guaranteed if the student is dedicated. In this age when we can feel powerless about making a difference, here is your chance!

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Posted by What is the $$ for?
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 27, 2019 at 5:47 pm

I'm confused - they want to approve a $900M facilities bond and THEN update their Master Facilities Plan? Shouldn't they do the plan first, so they can tell the voters what projects they want paid for? Many of the students think the bond will be used for housing. It seems very unclear whether and how much the bond will pay for that.

Why have there been significant enrollment declines? Will that change? Is there an enrollment forecast? Why is Foothill funded differently from other local districts? PAUSD, Los Altos, and MVLA are all "basic aid" school districts, funded by local taxes. What will they use the parcel tax money for? It is primarily for raises for existing staff??

So far it looks like they are very keen on asking for lots of money, but not good at explaining what they will use it for. There isn't a lot of time before the March ballot - without a better explanation, it may be necessary to tell them "no".

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Posted by s randall
a resident of another community
on Nov 29, 2019 at 9:32 am

The reason that the community college district's per-student funding is so much lower than neighboring districts is because a much higher percentage of our students don't live in our district. We are paying to educate other people's kids.

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Posted by s fong
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 29, 2019 at 9:37 am

The parcel tax has no exemption for seniors.

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 29, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Wow, that's actually right - almost all school parcel taxes exempt seniors and people on disability income - here's the list of them all from the County. Web Link

Per the parcel tax resolution - Web Link - this one will exempts no one. What are they thinking?

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Posted by Jerry99
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

No moe taxes of any kind. Jerry Brown added a huge tax to gasoline so we can expand the welfare state of road mismanagement, increased CA state income taxes while the economy was booming and so on. We don't need any more education taxes or taxes of any kind at this point.Everybody sees that the economy of silicon valley is booming and full of money and well paid employees and wants to get their fingers into every pie. Enough is enough. If the junior college needs money, increase the tuition and fees for the students.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2019 at 11:50 am

I have problems with every aspect of this. First of all, they should give us an option to re-fund and re-build Flint Center. Second, is this for housing or education? I hear mostly talk about housing. If CC's are supposed to include a housing program, that is a major change in the mission of CC's, and to me, really doesn't make sense to do this as part of a general bond issue-- let's address housing for students separately. Third, while many students have a need for housing at remote CC's, the idea of housing people who live in the area doesn't make sense to me. We already have programs for low-income housing-- it isn't Foothill-DeAnza's mission to provide general low-income housing. Finally, for the money being spent on actual education uses, let's see what this is in detail and why each element is necessary. Instead, they are telling us they can't wait to start spending new money in creative ways-- that is ridiculous. This is a Community College. IMHO, the money should be spent on education. "Period." This whole thing sounds like out-of-control mission creep. Education, folks.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

^general bond issue^general -tax- issue /* temporary synapse short */

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Posted by seniors
a resident of Mayfield
on Dec 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

It was my impression that the senior exemption applied to all parcel taxes, even if this is not explicitly stated. Otherwise, they wouldn't pass.

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Posted by Information
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 4, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Suggest you take a look at some data:
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Posted by s fong
a resident of Los Altos
on Dec 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

A senior exemption for parcel taxes is optional. The community college district has to explicitly state an exemption. If the parcel tax passes, everyone will pay.

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