Measure A amount not yet set | SierraSun.com

Measure A amount not yet set

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Should Measure A be renewed and its current funding level and#8212; $98 per household and#8212; stay the same, district leaders estimate they will not be able to maintain the same level of services and staff the measure originally funded.

Rising costs and other factors cause Steve Dickinson, the districtand#8217;s superintendent of finance, to estimate current Measure A expenditures at about $4 million a year; the district has been providing the supplementary funding by budgeting Measure A funding for rising future costs.

That $4 million divided by the approximately 37,000 parcels in the district, Dickinson confirmed, would mean an estimated $108.11 per parcel and#8212; a $10.10 increase per parcel from the current $98 tax, or about 10 percent.

and#8220;If (voters) want to come out of the gate supporting the same level of staffing and supplies, then it probably will have to be a higher amount,and#8221; Dickinson said.

Though estimates can be made, Area 5 Trustee Bev Ducey said while the districtand#8217;s official position is to support renewal, the district has not decided how much Measure A will be, whether the cost will be lower, higher or the same rate, or even if it will support the same programs it has in the past considering the harsh economic climate.

and#8220;We have not decided when we will put this on a ballot and what programs a future parcel tax will support,and#8221; Ducey said in an e-mail to the Sierra Sun. and#8220;That is all decided based on what we hear back from our voters.and#8221;

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Due to initial efforts and planning that is still under way, she cautioned against speculation on the taxand#8217;s potential cost and said the district will poll residents for guidance in those decisions.