Funding our Schools
I’m interested in exploring reform of our unequal parcel tax system in which large apartment buildings are charged a single tax, while individual condos and single family homes are charged individual taxes. (100 units rented as apartments pay one parcel tax, and 100 units sold as condos or single family homes pay 100 parcel taxes) Switching to a per unit, instead of per parcel, system has the potential to bring a significant amount of funding back to our schools. The change would not affect the parcel tax homeowners pay.
FUSHD parcel tax is $98 a year and CUSD parcel tax is $150 a year; tax exemptions are available to Senior residents. While renters themselves wouldn’t pay these taxes, the burden could be shifted to them (about $250 a year). I would want to hear from the public to see if this is a reform that the community wanted.
Student Internship Programs
I’d like to create a City Council internship program to engage students with City Legislative Matters and Constituent Services. As someone who grew up in Cupertino, I know that the youth here can be disengaged from civic matters.