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Vote Yes on Measure E
Ballots on Measure E, the school district's proposed $98 a year parcel tax, must be mailed in time to be received by at the Alameda County Registrar's office by close of business Tuesday, May 3. Postmarks will not count, so those who have yet to vote should make sure their ballots get in the mail today, or tomorrow at the latest and before the post office closes. If approved by two-thirds of the votes cast in this special mail-in ballot election, each parcel of taxable real property in the school district will be assessed $98 a year for a total of four years. Debi Covello of the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation reminds us that Pleasanton schools are ranked among the best in the state. Most are California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools and National Schools of Character. More than 90% of our students go on to college.
Faced with a budget deficit of $7.7 million, the school district needs this parcel tax to continue quality education in Pleasanton. We cannot allow Pleasanton's high-performing schools to decline. As parents, students and property owners in Pleasanton, it is in our collective interest to continue having schools that are among the best in the state, that attract and retain highly qualified teachers, that stress continued improvement in math, science and reading skills, that keep school libraries open and class sizes as low as the district can afford. Measure E mandates that no funds from the parcel tax can be used to increase teacher or administrator salaries or benefits, and establishes an independent oversight committee to review the use of the funds and report its findings publicly. If you've been waiting to decide how you'll vote, we urge you to vote Yes on Measure E and to mail your completed ballot now.
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