It’s simple: when Stanford builds rental housing, they need to pay their fair share for the students coming to Palo Alto schools.  Otherwise, we all lose!

Under its proposed General Use Permit (GUP), Stanford will become the largest landlord in Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD).  But, because of their non-profit status, Stanford will NOT pay property taxes on their rental housing. The result will be hundreds of new PAUSD students and zero new tax revenue.

Stanford needs to do its part.  Like other leading private universities, they need to make annual contributions to fund community schools.  It’s the only way to maintain outstanding schools in Palo Alto.

Our County Supervisors must ensure Stanford covers the costs of these students. PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto have no power to make Stanford pay their fair share – only the County can make it happen, by making it a condition of approval for the GUP.

If they don’t, Stanford will send up to 1,500 new students to PAUSD at a cost of up to $30 million a year.  The result could be elementary school class sizes up to 23% larger than they are today.

We can’t let this happen to our kids and to our community.  Make sure our County Supervisors and other elected officials know – Stanford needs to do its fair share!