Report: Exploding pension costs fuel opposition to Marin school parcel taxes

The elephant in the Marin taxpayers’ living room — burgeoning teacher pension costs at local public schools — is the subject of a new report by a Stanford-based policy group. The 20-page report, “The Canary in the Gold Mine: The Implications of Marin’s Rising Pension Costs and Tax Revolt for Increasing Education Funding,” identifies higher pension costs as the reason why school parcel taxes are becoming an increasingly tougher sell. In Marin, that trend, the report says, first surfaced in 2016, when a parcel tax in upscale Kentfield School District failed, and one in similarly affluent Mill Valley School District passed by only 23 votes.


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