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Fremont Union voters extend Measure M parcel tax by wide margin

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The Fremont Union High School District's parcel tax extension is passing easily.

The Fremont Union High School District’s parcel-tax measure is on course to pass by a wide margin, garnering approximately three-quarters of the votes counted thus far.

Measure M was sitting at 73.54% in favor, well above the two-thirds threshold needed to pass, as of 5 p.m. Monday. Countywide, an estimated 87% of the vote has been counted.

FUHSD includes Homestead High School, which draws students from Los Altos.

Superintendent Polly Bove said she was “blown away” by the level of support from the community and is grateful for people’s willingness to help fund the district.

“It’s a comment on how much they value the quality of education that our teachers and administrators and classified staff provide,” she said. “All our employees are dedicated to being the very best they can be and it feels to me like that got acknowledged.”

Measure M renews an existing tax of $98 per parcel of land within the district’s boundaries, which voters first approved in 2004. The tax, which raises roughly $5 million annually, would expire July 1, 2022. Measure M extends it eight more years.

The money from the parcel tax goes into the district’s general fund, rather than being earmarked for particular purposes. Renewal means the district won’t have to make $5 million in cuts, Bove said.

Rather than try to increase the tax, the district decided to go with a straight renewal, in part based on polling it conducted that showed potential increases failing to get the needed two-thirds support. By deciding not to ask for more, Bove said the district was “trying to honor” what the community was willing to support.

“I am just so grateful for this enduring commitment to our schools,” she said. “It’s been (in place) since 2004 – that’s 16 years of committing their dollars to making the Fremont Union High School District the great place it is.”

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