Dublin residents are casting an important vote with deep financial ramifications during a truly complicated time for the Dublin Unified School District.
The mail-only special election, with ballots due May 7, asks DUSD voters to extend the existing $96-per-parcel annual tax for another nine years. On the ballot as Measure E, the parcel tax renewal requires approval from two-thirds of voters to pass.
We recommend Yes on Dublin's Measure E.
The annual tax of just $96 provides vital funding for Dublin students and school programs -- guaranteed revenue for DUSD that will be locally controlled over the next nine years, a time when federal and state education funding priorities could well change.
Generating $1.7 million per year, the parcel tax helps support key initiatives such as programs for academic achievement across subjects, keeping class sizes down, retaining qualified teachers, and maintaining libraries, classroom technology and classroom materials.
That is funding that will go away -- and will not be easily replaced -- if Measure E fails next month, thus allowing the tax to expire at the end of June.
There are important safeguards in the ballot measure to guarantee continued independent oversight of parcel tax spending and ensure the money is not spent on administrator salaries. There's also an exemption for Dublin seniors 65 years old or older.
Admittedly, this is a moment of stark leadership instability for DUSD, with two Board of Trustees seats vacant due to midterm resignations and the district's abrupt "mutual separation" with former superintendent Leslie Boozer for undisclosed reasons in March.
But that's why Measure E support is so important. It provides a modicum of financial stability amid swirls of uncertainty that often plague local public agencies.
Critics of DUSD leadership (who have really started to spur the sort of change they want in recent months) should not take their anger out on the students, and that's exactly what a No vote on Measure E would do.
The measure does not raise the tax rate on property owners; it merely maintains an existing tax that has created ongoing local funding that DUSD has used since 2008 to survive and thrive.
Vote Yes on E.