Measure E: After school special
Alameda has more than its fair share of hot-button political issues. But few are as emotional as the upcoming ballot for Measure E, the replacement school parcel tax. And the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The tax has pitted parents who are seeking to protect their children’s education from massive state budget cuts against a group of commercial property and business owners, some of whom are fighting for survival in the worst of economic times.
Proponents say a parcel tax offers the only opportunity the school district has to close a series of multi-million-dollar budget gaps it will face over the next few years. But opponents say the tax, which will cost businesses more – and in some cases, far more – than homeowners is unfair.
The Island will explore these issues in a series of articles next week. And we’ll close the series with a pair of editorials for and against the tax.
In the meantime, the all-mail ballot will be sent out Tuesday, May 25, it’s due in on June 22. The school district has information on the parcel tax here.
More next week.