(From Press Release) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will allow the Davis Joint Unified School District to waive its district parcel tax for teachers and school district employees, making housing more affordable to them.
“This new law will provide a small but meaningful incentive for public educators and school staff to live in the community of Davis where they work,” Senator Dodd said. “I thank Gov. Brown for recognizing teachers and the critical role they play in supporting their community.”
“If giving public school teachers a break on this tax will make housing more affordable and encourage them to live in the community they serve, then we absolutely must do it,” the Senator said. “Educating our children is a top priority for me and this bill will help support the dedicated men and women we entrust with this important job. I am pleased that an overwhelming majority of my Senate colleagues agree with me and are willing to provide this reasonable incentive to our educators.”
Senate Bill 958 was signed Thursday. It was supported by the Davis Joint Unified School District and state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson.
Davis schools trustee Alan Fernandes has said it would encourage more of the district’s more than 450 teachers to live in the community they serve. Now, about two-thirds of the teachers live outside Davis where housing is less expensive, he said.
“We in Davis applaud the efforts of the senator in recognizing the need to obtain greater flexibility with our local budget to become more competitive for our teachers and school employees,” Fernandes said. “We appreciate the governor’s recognition of that in signing the bill and look forward to continuing to work with our senator to explore other ways to ensure that we do everything to honor the service and commitment of teachers and school employees to our students.”
Davis school board president Tom Adams said “We are grateful for the support of Senator Bill Dodd and the California State Senate in recognizing the challenges facing DJUSD and its teachers. We desire what all districts want — local control.”
Davis superintendent John Bowes said, “DJUSD is committed to ensuring that the quality education Davis residents expect continues into the future and we thank Senator Dodd for his leadership on this bill that will help DJUSD close our employee compensation gap.”