Basic Aid Issues


Administrative Services

February 5, 2003


Those in basic aid school districts, including Sunnyvale School District, realize that all school districts must contribute to the budget crisis. However, the Governor's proposal to take a combination of property taxes normally allocated to basic aid districts and $120 per student (average daily attendance) is devastating to Sunnyvale School District. The following information is to provide information that can be shared with decision makers in Sacramento relative to this issue.

The Taking of Local Property Taxes Must be Avoided

  • Local property taxes should be kept within the community in which the taxes are generated and collected. The Governor's proposal calls for the capturing of local property taxes to the detriment of local basic aid school districts. In the case of Sunnyvale School District this amounts to approximately $2.25 million or just over 5 percent of the operating budget. This added to the proposed loss of $120 per average daily attendance brings the total cut to 6.7 percent or about $3 million.
  • Property taxes captured by the state do not benefit school children and only make a very modest contribution to the State's budget deficit.
  • This is an unprecedented attack on local property taxes. Money collected from local taxes should stay in the community in which collected for the good of the community.

Jeopardizes services to students with needs.

Protecting basic aid protects many poor children along with those from affluent families. Sunnyvale School District serves a student population of 5,900 students consisting of 38 percent low income, 33 percent English Learners and 11 percent immigrant students with less than three years in the school district. Six of our ten schools qualify as Title I schools.

Jeopardizes teaching and support service jobs.

The Governor's proposal of taking local property taxes from Sunnyvale School District will eliminate approximately 40 teaching jobs, jeopardizing the K-3 class-size reduction program and other critical programs and eliminate many support service workers affecting the learning and working environment for students and teachers throughout the entire school district.

Benjamin H. Picard,

Deputy Superintendent


February 4, 2003