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Parcel tax on ballot on South Coast

School measure goes to voters in May

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:47 pm

La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District officials are asking for what amounts to a renewal of a parcel tax to benefit school programs.

The parcel tax would essentially replace an existing parcel tax that expires on June 30. Property owners currently pay a $100 tax per property and have done so since 2006 when the tax first took effect. The proposed tax would maintain the $100 rate for another seven years starting July 1. Residents who are over the age of 65 can apply for exemption from paying the tax, and people who own two contiguous parcels for their single-family residences only pay once.

In the past, parcel tax funds have been used for retaining quality teachers, library resources and music programs in the district.

District officials hope to allocate the proposed parcel tax receipts to increase student achievement, provide professional development opportunities for current teachers, increase access to technology in the classroom and offer enrichment opportunities.

The parcel tax will appear as a ballot item for a May 7 election.

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