Measure B passes

Minh Bui

Results are in; district's economic woes moderately quelled 

 

After months of preparation and campaigning, countless phone calls, YouTube promotional videos and student door-to-door walks, Measure B has passed. The measure will renew an existing $98 parcel tax that voters approved in 2004 for another six-year cycle.

Currently the results are technically considered preliminary since ballots that were personally handed in are still being tallied. However, the votes mailed in from all 53 precincts have been accounted for, and 73 percent are in favor of Measure B.

Some voters might be familiar with the measure by another name, Measure G, which appeared on the Grassroots mobilization and use of extensive online promotion were just some of the methods used by supporters to pass Measure B. Photo courtesy of FUHSD. November 2009 ballot and was struck down. However, the key differences between the two proposals is that under Measure G, the tax level would have increased annually, adjusting for inflation, and the parcel tax would have no expiration date. Another difference between the two ballots was the voter turnout. Measure B received a total of 38,318 mail-in votes, an increase over the 33,513 from November.


The measure provides five percent of the district's annual revenue and will help avoid the elimination of advanced math, science and foreign language classes as well as electives like art and music. The 5.2 million dollars in annual funding also makes services like guidance counseling and the career and college centers possible.

However, the district is still likely to face further financial troubles: the governor's proposed state budget plan promises an additional loss of seven million dollars.