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Housing prices drive Davis teachers out of town. Legislators could give them a break from parcel taxes.

May 27, 2018 by

Drew Barclay has a masters degree in education and three years of experience as an English teacher but, like most new teachers in Davis, he can’t afford to live there.

Instead, Barclay, 31, shares a rental in Sacramento that costs him $950 a month – about 40 percent of the $2,550 he brings home each month after taxes.

He is so certain that he won’t be able to qualify for a loan for a home in Davis on his $47,000 annual salary, that he hasn’t bothered to house hunt. The median price for a house in the city in March was $682,500, according to tracking firm CoreLogic. Renting also is prohibitive, with the average rent in Davis about $2,500 a month, according to Zillow, a real estate web site.

Davis Joint Unified officials hope to get a little help from state legislators. Last week, the State Senate voted 24-8 to waive the annual school district parcel tax of $620 for teachers and other employees of the Yolo County school district.

Source: Housing prices drive Davis teachers out of town. Legislators could give them a break from parcel taxes. | The Sacramento Bee

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