As the Aug. 11 deadline for putting a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot nears, Atherton’s City Council will discuss the details of a measure that would continue the town’s parcel tax beyond its mid-2018 expiration date when it meets Wednesday, July 19.
The meeting, which is the only council meeting scheduled for July, has a long agenda that includes discussion of the civic center project, a review of Caltrain’s plans to cut trees along the rail corridor, a lease agreement with Atherton Fiber, and an agreement with the Las Lomitas School District to put a flood-control measure on its property.
The study session portion of the meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the town’s council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.
Atherton has had a parcel tax since 1978, but under state law it must be renewed every four years. In the past two elections the measure passed with 78 percent of the vote in 2009 and with 73 percent of the vote in 2013, more than the two-thirds required.
The existing parcel tax varies by parcel size and use. For homes on the average Atherton lot of between a half and two acres, the tax is $750 per year. The tax is as low as $225 for unimproved parcels between a quarter and half acre, and it’s as high as $10,000 for a private club.
The tax brings the town annual revenues of $1.86 million. Its proceeds can only be spent on the town’s police services and on its roads and drainage system.
The council will get an update on the civic center project and will need to make a decision on whether it wants to spend money designing an option for the new library that would postpone renovating the historic…
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