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News: 08/01/2016

Ballots ready to go for school parcel tax

At the beginning of August, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters will mail a ballot to anyone living within the boundaries of the Kenwood School District. The vote is for Measure B, which asks for a renewal of a $52 per year parcel tax for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2017.

Ballots are due back to the Registrar by Aug. 30. The election is a mail-in ballot only.

The parcel tax needs two-thirds approval to pass. The last time the tax passed was 2011, and it won with 81 percent of the vote. The tax was first passed in 1991 (then $48 per parcel).

The majority of the approximately 3,200 registered voters in the district live in Oakmont.

As before, this year’s measure provides a “senior exemption” for property owners 65 and older, allowing those residents to opt out of paying the $52 if they so choose.

Over the years, parcel tax monies have accounted for four to five percent of the district’s operating budget. The Kenwood School District is comprised of a Kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school, preschool, and after school center.

Monies collected from the parcel tax have gone to support student programs such as computer technology, art, music, and reading, and to help maintain small class sizes.

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