100% for Scotts Valley
0% for Sacramento.
Once the tax is approved, 100% of the money will stay with Scotts Valley Schools and cannot be taken away by the State. Over 100 other School Districts throughout the State have passed Parcel Taxes.
Don't Let Sacramento Ruin Scotts Valley.
Scotts Valley Schools consistently rank among the top in the State, and boast a 96% graduation rate, with over 95% of those graduates going on to higher education. However, lawmakers in Sacramento have annually funded Scotts Valley in the bottom 3% of schools statewide. Scotts Valley is the 9th lowest funded unified school district out of 344 districts in the State.
Unfortunately, the State limits the avenues a public school has to fund its operations. The SVUSD board and administration have always striven to live within their means, and have been successful relying on parent contributions and donations (of both time and money) over the years to supplement the education program funded by the allocated state and federal resources.
The School Board is proposing a parcel tax at this time because of the State's ongoing inability to meet its school funding obligations. Despite the Districts’ conservative approach to its finances, the State has limited base funding so significantly that the District will not be able to meet its financial obligations necessary to keep providing a quality education without financial help from our community.
Property Values are Directly Related to the Quality of Public Schools
Schools are a Great Investment.
Good schools are an excellent investment and are directly related to property values. Areas with failing schools inevitably see sharp declines in property values. In Scotts Valley, nobody debates that our schools are a benefit to our Community, and there is value in making sure our Schools stay successful. Ask any real estate agent, as the premier public schools in the County, many new families move to Scotts Valley specifically for our schools.
Investing in a school parcel tax will help protect your home's value and your community. It is one of the cheapest and best investments you can make as a homeowner. 100% of the funds will stay right here in Scotts Valley, and there will be an independent citizen's oversight committee to insure funds are spent as promised.
Scotts Valley Home Values are Directly Related to the Success of our Schools.
Good schools benefit everyone and are a stabilizing factor in any community. Children in good schools find themselves involved in positive community and school related activities focused on their own betterment, and are less likely to fall into criminal behavior. Further, a good education leads to greater opportunity for children as they grow, leading to more successful adults. Scotts Valley has seen the benefit of good schools in the form of lower crime rates, and 96% of the students graduating and 95% going on to college.