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Over $4.5 million will be taken out of Amador County schools' local property taxes to fund the state's debts this fiscal year.  Amador Unified and the County Office of Education will see at least $674,605 still owed to them when the school year ends (June 2014).  In the most recent available data (2011-12), $4,558,119 was taken out of Amador school-allocated property tax, $3,685,955 for the VLF "Swap" and $872,164 to pay for the 2004 Economic Recovery Bonds.


Can Amador schoolchildren afford to finance the state's debts? According to the new Local Control Funding Formula, Amador County needs 55.7% more funding to adequately educate its student population than it's getting this school year.


Sources: State Controller's Office, Local Government Reporting Section. (City and county detail shown in the reports, totals upon request from the SCO.)  California Department of Education, First Principal Apportionment.

And in prior years?

In Amador County, a total of $4,629,129 was taken from school-allocated property taxes to pay State obligations in 2010-2011. $3,749,741 was redirected to satisfy the State's VLF backfill obligation. $879,388 was redirected to pay for the State's Economic Recovery Bonds.


Source:  State Controller's Office, Local Government Reporting Section.  (City and county detail shown in the reports, totals upon request from the SCO.)

Amador County is a case study all by itself.  In 2008-09 and 2009-10, the State was taking more from base property taxes to repay its obligations than it was replenishing.  ($1.8 million out and $1.3 million back in 2008-08; $1.4 million out and only $50 thousand back in 2009-10).  In 2010-11, Amador Unified became a locally funded basic-aid district, but still showed a $0.8 million outflow to benefit the state, then another $0.8 million outflow in 2011-12.  Possibly, these are transfers to the County Office of Education to cover ERAF-required Special Education funds, since taking funds out of a basic-aid district is against the Revenue & Taxation Code.  If someone is willing to check on this, let us know!


Amador is shown as being owed $1,024,472 of state funding even after the 2010-11 school year was over.  Additional delayed payments were $830,221 for the 2011-12 school year, and $818,549 this past summer.


Sources:  Funding Excel Files - Second Principal Apportionment and from the California Dept. of Education.

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