With property taxes due on or before December 10, homeowners should know that resident-approved parcel taxes are the only portion of their property tax bill guaranteed to stay here in San Marino to support the San Marino Unified School District.
“It is a common misconception that high property values in San Marino and above-average county-wide property taxes benefit the SMUSD budget,” said Julie Boucher, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the SMUSD.
Public school funding in California is based on a complex formula that is administered by Sacramento and the SMUSD receives less per pupil funding than many other school districts.
“Due to ongoing cuts in state funding of K-12 Education we could not balance our budget without the parcel taxes and other locally generated funds,” added Boucher.
In addition to parcel taxes, the San Marino Schools Foundation provides critical funding for the District.
Michael Spindler, president of the Foundation, points out that “generous donations to the Foundation are currently funding the equivalent of 38 teaching positions in the district. We look to raise $3.4 million during the 2012-13 annual campaign in support of educational excellence at SMUSD, and we have raised approximately $2 million toward that goal. Our children are fortunate that the San Marino community supports quality public education through the parcel tax and their donations to the Foundation.”
The San Marino Schools Foundation is a nonprofit corporation whose sole purpose is to raise funds for San Marino public schools.
Please call (626) 299-7014 or visit www.smsf.org for more information. Contributions may be sent to 1665 West Drive, San Marino, CA 91108.
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