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News: 08/15/2016

Parcel tax ballots due Aug. 30

If you received a mail-in ballot for Measure B, the Kenwood School District’s parcel tax measure, you have until Aug. 30 to mail it back to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voter’s office.

Measure B asks for a renewal of a $52 per year parcel tax for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2017.

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, the parcel tax has generated about $100,000 a year. The Kenwood School District is comprised of a Kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school, a preschool, and after school center.

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

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