Community gets opportunity to weigh in on parcel-tax plan
Be it the World Series or a snowstorm, the throng of audience members expected at last week’s Lake Tahoe Unified School district meeting didn’t materialize.
This week provides another chance for community members to voice their opinion or listen to the progress by school officials on the district’s attempts to form a passable parcel tax to resurrect and keep school programs for next school year.
While a majority of the steel chairs assembled at South Tahoe Middle School’s multi-purpose room were unfilled, the people who did attend last week’s meeting were vocal.
Calls to re-examine a parcel tax based on the square footage of buildings were made. A draft of a $120 annual parcel tax, which is gentle to the time-share industry, for six years was prepared.
It is unsure if a draft on the square-footage proposal will be ready for review at Wednesday’s meeting.
Interim Superintendent Lorraine Garcy said the county assessor’s office ceded exact square-footage measurements of buildings are basically nonexistent.
Yet Assessor Tim Holcomb said the scenario is possible, albeit by reorganizing data sheets into new calculations.
The district is searching for supplemental revenue to boost its general fund. Projections state the district will face a $1.5 million deficit that could severely hamper or eliminate more programs and staff.