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South LA households vote on different parcel tax

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If the Measure C parcel tax passes, funds will benefit Los Altos students who attend Montclaire Elementary School, above.

While much of Los Altos’ attention has centered on the Measure E campaign, residents of south Los Altos are focused on a different but similar parcel-tax initiative.

Measure C, a $125 per-parcel six-year tax supporting the Cupertino Union School District, affects properties in south Los Altos within the boundaries of Montclaire Elementary School and Cupertino Middle School.

Like the Los Altos School District’s Measure E, the Measure C ballot is mail-only and due May 3. If approved by 67 percent of voters, it would generate approximately $4.4 million annually.

The Cupertino district has lost more than $9 million in state funding over the past three years and faces additional cuts totaling up to $7 million next year.

In 2009, voters in the district passed a $125 parcel tax, which helped retain teachers, provide teacher training and support and protect educational programs. Additional state cuts prompted the need for Measure C.

The Yes on C campaign website states that “Measure C allows our schools to retain qualified and experienced teachers and maintain outstanding core academic programs to ensure high-quality schools for our local community.”

If Measure C passes, the district would be able to protect its educational programs, retain its teaching staff, keep libraries open, provide updated technology and keep the schools safe and clean. No money would be spent on administrators’ salaries.

The parcel tax includes a senior exemption for citizens over 65 and mandates a citizens’ oversight committee to monitor how funds are spent.

For more information, visit www.yes4cupertinoschools.org.

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