Since the parcel tax discussion began, I've heard different accounts of what the actual cost to put a parcel tax measure on a ballot would be. Initially PUSD estimated the cost to be $100k-$150K, a cost they hoped/expected would be covered via private sources.
The cost is now estimated to be $5-$7 per voter and according to a quote by Dr. Casey in the March 13 Pleasanton Weekly, that would mean $200K-$230K and "the money would be taken out of the reserves from the current school year."
According to the Alameda Registrar of Voters, the final cost could run up to $300k.
Had Measure G been placed on the statewide ballot of May 19th, the state would have picked up certain expenses such as ballot printing and costs associated with processing votes by mail. This would have decreased the costs to PUSD by 20-30%.
If Measure G had been set up as a mail only ballot (rather than by poll), the cost would have been less, but the Registrar couldn't estimate how much less it would be.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District is using a mail only ballot process for their upcoming parcel tax measure, and according to their website, estimate savings of up to $200K for the school district by using this option.
It's not possible to determine whether PUSD would have equivalent savings. San Ramon's school district covers a wider geographical area, may have more polls and consequently poll workers. All that can be said is that a mail only ballot would be less expensive than requiring voting be done at polls.
PUSD had contacted the Registrar of voters to discuss costs prior to making a decison on how and when to put a parcel tax measure to the voters.
I contacted the Registrar of Voters to get information on costs, and have done my best to accurately relate the information she provided.
Anyone who would like to have more information on the costs associated with putting the parcel tax measure to the voters may contact Cynthia Cornejo, the District Registrar of Voters. Her telephone number is 510-272-6933.
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