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Measure C must pass for schools

Sierra Sun editorial

This Tuesday, people living in the Truckee area will head to ballot boxes to cast their votes on the Measure C ballot measure – which proposes to increase property taxes to fund a $35 million bond issue for Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District.

That money, all dedicated to the Truckee area, would be used to construct a new, larger middle school, expand and modernize other overcrowded facilities and convert the existing middle school into a much-needed elementary school campus.

Some residents have expressed doubt about the bond, wondering where all of the existing funding for the schools is going, especially state level money.

The simple fact is that Truckee has grown beyond the scope of its current school facilities and funding, and it needs this bond issue for capital projects to ensure that our community’s children are educated in uncrowded classrooms -schools where one-way traffic is not required between classes as it is now in overcrowded Sierra Mountain Middle School, where five lunch periods are not required for a campus, as they are now at Truckee Elementary.

Our schools need this bond to take most of the portable buildings off campus playgrounds. They need this bond to ensure that TTUSD in Truckee is prepared for the future, and has some space to grow.

While existing income may be sufficient for the maintenance of school facilities, the bond is needed for the major expansions and construction now required. Truckee is growing -and this is one of those growing pains.

Property owners will see an increase of about $40 per $100,000 of assessed value yearly in taxes if this bond passes. That’s not too high a price to pay to ensure the comfort and quality of education for Truckee’s children.


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