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SCHOOL PARCEL TAX: This is it (poll)

Submitted by on 1, November 29, 2010 – 12:02 am7 Comments

Alameda’s Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday to put a fresh parcel tax before voters in March 2011. The tax, which would charge homeowners and commercial property owners alike 32 cents per square foot of building they own with a $7,999 per-parcel cap, would raise around $12 million a year. Seniors and certain disabled people would be exempt from the tax, which would replace the school district’s existing and soon-to-sunset Measure A and Measure H taxes.

So here’s our question: Will you vote for it?

Let us know either way, by taking our poll below. Answers are due in by 6 p.m. Tuesday. And if you’re looking to expand on your vote, register to comment and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Will you vote for the replacement school parcel tax in March?

  • Yes (77%, 139 Votes)
  • No (23%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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7 Comments »

  • StevenGerstle says:

    If the measure passes, would that mean that there would be no school closures or consolidation of schools such as the proposed 7-12 school at Encinal?

    • Michele_Ellson says:

      Hey Steve – The answer is yes and no. They would not close elementary schools, but I think they are still interested in pursuing a secondary restructure. So my sense from attending the meetings is that the 7-12 could indeed move forward – maybe on a more relaxed time frame if the new tax measure passes.

      • pagebarnes says:

        Michele,

        According to the parcel tax presentation at the Board meeting last week, if the parcel tax passes, Wood Middle School will remain open with an investment in school reform to address the program improvement status. See page 13 at http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/images/stories/pdfs/

        I understand that no schools are slated for closure if the tax passes.

        • Michele_Ellson says:

          Thanks, Page. The presentation also lists "secondary school restructuring" as one of the items the tax would pay for, and I know one member of the board, Mike McMahon, has said in previous meetings that he would like to consider secondary restructuring, and that he believes the tax would give the district more time to pursue it in a thoughtful way (as opposed to pushing something through more quickly if the district has to make massive budget cuts).

        • StevenGerstle says:

          I have more questions.

          Is the presentation by Vital a binding component of the parcel tax measure?
          Does the proposed parcel tax forbid the closing of Wood?
          From what I've read here, the proposed parcel tax does not prohibit changing Encinal High School into a 7-12 secondary institution. Is that a correct statement?

          Many thanks to all those who have helped me to better understand what is being proposed.

  • Dan Wood says:

    I just voted Yes on the parcel tax. Thanks for making it so convenient to vote for it — now I won't have to deal with voting in March.

    (Kidding!!!)

  • Michele_Ellson says:

    Hey folks: We just had a question about why a comment was removed. Just to remind you, our policy (posted in the sidebar to your right) requires commenters to sign their full name to their comments. Thanks!

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