Tonight the PUSD school board will decide whether to move forward with a parcel tax. While it is likely they will vote in favor of the tax, they have yet to decide the amount, how long it would be collected and if it would be on the May 19 or June 2 ballot.
The annual tax is collected from property owners twice a year. Seniors as well as those on disability would be exempt from the tax.
The school district has held several meetings to gauge the public's opinion on the issue. They have also received hundreds of emails. At the meetings, the majority of speakers have been in favor of the tax to help maintain the current quality of education. Many supporters recommend the "dollar a day" approach.
If it were to pass, it is said to lessen the impact of state budget cuts, which would reduce Pleasanton's funding by $8.7 million.
If the board were to decide to put the measure on the ballot, the Save Pleasanton Schools committee will continue with the planned rally at 4 p.m. Sunday that would kick off the campaign to pass the tax. It would take a two-thirds majority for the measure to be approved.
Currently, no one has put together a committee opposing the parcel tax.
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