Special election to decide four measures

June 2, 2009 10:57:18 AM PDT
Four measures that would provide money to local school districts will appear on Bay Area ballots in a special election today.

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One measure is in San Mateo County and three are in Alameda County. Each would provide money through parcel taxes to school districts.

Voters in San Mateo County will decide on Measure E, which would enact an annual tax of $91 per parcel for five years.

The money would go toward retaining teachers, maintaining classroom programs, keeping libraries open, preserving art, music and physical education classes, and continuing tutoring in reading and math.

The parcel tax would exempt seniors and no money would go toward administrator salaries.

The measure requires two-thirds approval to pass.

Voters in Alameda County will decide on three measures, Measures B and E in Piedmont and Measure G in Pleasanton.

Measure B would enact special taxes in amounts determined by square footage and type of dwelling. The money would go toward retaining teachers, maintaining small class sixes and protecting instructional programs and services in the Piedmont Unified School District.

Measure E would also enact special taxes in amounts determined by square footage and type of dwelling, averaging about $249 per parcel, for three years.

That money would go toward offsetting the loss of state funds by providing temporary local funding to the Piedmont Unified School District.

Measure G would levy an annual $233 parcel tax for four years and exempt senior and disabled citizens. The money would go toward the Pleasanton Unified School District.

All three Alameda County measures require two-thirds approval to pass.

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