It’s official: Measure A going to special election in March to Tahoe Truckee voters | SierraSun.com

It’s official: Measure A going to special election in March to Tahoe Truckee voters

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. – Residents in March will vote on whether to renew a school parcel tax with a $37 annual increase to continue funding existing educational programs such as music, art, technology, physical education, science, honors and advanced placement classes.

In a 3-0 vote Wednesday night, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board voted to place the renewal of Measure A on the ballot for a special March 2010 election.

Under the weight of recent state and property tax revenue cuts, school district officials said renewing the measure will be crucial to rescue school programs that would not receive funding when the measure expires in 2012. Measure A also helps fund college and job preparation programs.

“A previous version of Measure A was first approved by voters in 1988, and has continued to be renewed by voters, adjusted to keep pace with costs, so that we can fund programs that are consistently under funded by the state,” said TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings in a press release.

Trustee Bev Ducey, a proponent of the measure, said its renewal needed for the district to continue providing a quality education.

“In these difficult economic times, as we watch our overall revenues continue to decline from year to year, maintaining funding for these programs is vitally important so that all students receive a well-rounded, high quality education,” Ducey said.

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In an Oct. 8 letter sent to parents, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Steve Jennings announced that a poll administered by the consulting agency Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3) showed that about 70 percent of the 400 district voters surveyed would accept a renewal and increase of Measure A at $135 annually for the next seven years – up from the its current rate of $98 per year.

It is estimated to generate about $5 million per year for the district.

In a previous interview, Jennings said that should Measure A be renewed, its funds will still be monitored by the current citizen’s review committee, made up of parents, business people and educators representing the various school sites.

For a copy of the full text of the ballot measure, please visit ttusd.org.