Measure A victory apparent
Measure A, the parcel tax that provides roughly $3 million for programs in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, passed voter scrutiny on Tuesday.
Complete unofficial results for the three-county district show 74.5 percent of voters casting a yes vote, and 25.5 percent voting against the measure, which needed a 66.6 percent super majority to pass.
The district will continue to be one of less than 1 percent of school districts in California with a parcel tax.
“We’re one of a few districts in the state that has this kind of success with bond measures ” especially with the financial status of the people who live here,” said school board President Cindy Gustafson. “It’s such an overwhelming statement about our community, and it’s great for the future of our kids.”
Parcel tax measures elsewhere in the state weren’t so successful. In the Bay Area, 11 of 17 parcel taxes on ballots in five counties failed or were failing in late returns, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Locally, voters trickled in and out of the Truckee Donner Community Center polling station Tuesday morning for the Measure A special election. But bright green “Yes on Measure A” stickers on cars all over town made it apparent that the parcel tax’s fate would be decided soon.
According to the Nevada County Elections Office, most people who voted for or against the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parcel tax likely voted absentee, like Truckee resident Jon Traeger.
“I voted yes because the kids need it,” said Traeger, who has a 7-year-old daughter in a local school.
However, there were signs around town indicating that not everyone was in favor of the parcel tax.
The campaign heated up last week, when signs for and against Measure A popped up around Truckee on Friday. Critics of the parcel tax said their anti-Measure A signs were removed early in the weekend and were replaced by pro-Measure A signs.
Campaign co-chair Phebe Bell said the Yes on Measure A Campaign did not remove the signs.
Measure A ” formerly Measure S ” has had a 16-year run in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, funding programs like physical education, music and counseling ” programs not paid for by the state of California. It provides approximately $3 million per year.
Though the parcel tax has had a four-year term in years past, the school district asked voters to approve a seven-year term this time around, and increased the tax from $80 to $98, to cover increasing costs and support more programs.
See Friday’s Sierra Sun for more complete coverage.