On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the Governing Board of the Acalanes Union High School will decide whether or not to place a new tax measure on a special May 2014 mail-in ballot, according to the Lamorinda Patch (Jan. 27).
The new tax measure would extend an existing $112 parcel (property) tax indefinitely. To pass, the measure would need a two-thirds vote.
The Acalanes District includes four high schools: Acalanes High in Lafayette; Campolindo High in Moraga; Miramonte High in Orinda; and Los Lomas High in Walnut Creek.
New Tax Measure for Acalanes Schools
The new tax measure floated by the Acalanes District Governing Board comes in the wake of the passage of Proposition 30, which California voters approved in November 2012. Proposition 30 was designed to provide extra money for California’s schools.
Proposition 30 increased the state sales tax by one-quarter percentage point. For example, the sales tax in Orinda would be, if Proposition 30 had not passed, 8.75 percent instead of the current 9.0 percent.
Proposition 30 increased California’s top income-tax bracket from 12.3 percent to 13.3 percent. The 13.3 percent bracket is the highest in the nation just at the 12.3 percent bracket was the highest in the nation.
The proposed Acalanes tax would offer senior citizens — those over age 65 — an exemption from the tax plan.
California already has the highest sales tax and the highest gasoline tax in the nation.
The California State Legislature is the highest paid in the nation. State legislators received a raise in December 2013.
In 2013, the legislature voted to increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 per hour. The $10 per-hour wage will take effect in January 2016. The $10 figure will give California the highest minimum wage in the nation.
Nationally, the rate of unemployment is 6.7 per cent. In California, the rate is 8.3 percent.
California voters, including those in the Acalanes District, might want to consider the relationship between taxes and jobs. If taxes become too burdensome, businesses will leave California and go to such lower-tax states as Texas.