Life without Measure A?
It’s not a scenario that Tahoe Truckee Unified School District officials want to think about, but it must be taken under consideration when building next year’s budget: What if Measure A doesn’t pass?
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” said district Superintendent Dennis Williams. “We have a very dedicated group of individuals working on this campaign to make Measure A pass. If (it doesn’t pass), I’d hate to know what’s in store for this district.”
Measure A is a parcel tax that has been approved by voters for the past 16 years. Each year, funds from the tax provide approximately $3 million for school district initiatives, like computer labs, college prep courses, school counselors, music programs and physical education.
The measure will appear on the March 8 ballot for another four-year renewal, which will bump up the annual per-parcel tax from $80 to $98. The initiative needs two-thirds of voter support to pass.
At the next school district budget review meeting, the committee will look at what the 2005-06 budget will look like without Measure A. The committee ” comprised of parents, staff, administrators and community members ” will select the programs funded by the parcel tax that the district cannot live without. Then, they will decide what they can cut or reallocate from the general fund so money will be available for those programs.
Without Measure A, “people will have to receive layoff notices,” Williams said in the January budget review meeting. “Some of these programs (funded by Measure A) the district cannot do without.”
The next budget review committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m., is open to the public. The meeting will be held in the school district board room, 11839 Donner Pass Road.
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