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March 15, 2016 > Parcel Tax renewal measure

Parcel Tax renewal measure

Submitted By Brian Killgore

At its March 9 meeting, the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board of Education unanimously voted to place a measure extending the DistrictÕs expiring, voter-approved local education funding on the June 7, 2016, ballot for votersÕ consideration.

ÒOur local schools need continued funding to help maintain small class sizes, quality teachers, student safety and the math, science, reading and writing programs that are essential to a good education,Ó said FUSD Superintendent Dr. Jim Morris.

To offset state takeaways, in 2010, voters approved a measure to provide stable funding at FUSD schools. These dollars have helped maintain quality education in local schools by helping to keep school libraries open and maintaining math and science programs. In the most recent audit issued by the expiring measureÕs CitizensÕ Oversight Committee, which provides audits annually to the community, the Committee reported all funds have been spent locally, benefitting all District students, as promised, with no funds spent on administratorsÕ salaries or pensions.

ÒProviding a solid educational foundation in math, science, reading and writing is a top priority in our local schools,Ó said FUSD Board of Education President, Larry Sweeney, ÒIf enacted, the measure would continue to provide the funds needed for the District to help relieve overcrowding in classrooms, keep school libraries open and maintain programs to prepare students for college and the workforce.Ó

If adopted by voters, the FUSD continuation measure would renew the existing voter-approved local funding at an adjusted annual rate of $73, per parcel, for nine years to provide additional resources to help local schools continue attracting and retaining highly-qualified teachers, including science teachers, for 21st century education, maintaining math, reading and writing programs and protecting student safety and security.

ÒIt is critical for our local schools to support a 21st century education curriculum with computers and instructional technology,Ó Dr. Morris added. ÒIf approved, funding from the measure will help support classroom and learning technology that will help prepare students for college and the 21st century job market.Ó

If the Measure is approved by voters, senior citizens who have previously applied for a waiver from the Parcel Tax will remain eligible for the entire nine-year term. Waiver information for new senior citizen applicants will be posted as soon as possible. The waiver will also be expanded to include residents with certain disabilities.

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