Millbrae district ready to float $1.8M parcel tax 

The Millbrae School District will ask voters to approve a parcel tax in a special mail-in ballot this spring, part of a continuing effort to restore approximately $1.8 million in cuts made over the last three years.

The budget cuts hit music programs, library staff and essential supplies, according to Superintendent Karen Philip. A parcel tax has been under consideration since 2005, when the district formed an advisory committee to guide its economic recovery.

Now that the former Millbrae School site has been sold for $20.1 million to a private home developer — one of the recommended steps in the recovery plan — officials are poised to move forward with the tax.

The May 8 election will ask voters for a $78 increase in their property taxes per year, which would bring more than $492,000 in annual revenue for the district. Parcel taxes, unlike bonds, can be used for general uses like salaries and supplies.

The district last went to the voters with a parcel tax in 1994. Officials considered trying again in November, but thought that several other education-related measures already on the hefty ballot would hurt their chances of approval.

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