DSF Board Endorses Measure A

The Davis Schools Foundation voted unanimously on Feb. 16 to endorse Measure A, a parcel tax measure before local voters in a special vote-by-mail election on May 3.

The Davis Board of Education placed Measure A on the ballot. The Davis schools foundation has no role in the campaign for its passage and will not contribute any money to it. However, individual members of the foundation board may choose to support the campaign in any way they wish.

The proposed tax would cost $200 per year for owners of single-family homes, with apartment dwellers charged $20 per year.  Homeowners over age 65 would be able to apply for an exemption.

The emergency tax, proposed for two years, would raise roughly $3 million a year to help fill the school district’s $3.3 million deficit. The tax would supplement two existing taxes — Measures Q and W, which bring in $320 a year per single-family home and $150 per apartment. They both expire in June 2012.

If Measure A fails to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage, the district faces eliminating the jobs of about 60 teachers and counselors.

As a group, the DSF board felt it was important to endorse the measure, said Maria Ungermann, board president.

“We want to help educate the community about the school funding shortage,” she said. “Without revenue from this parcel tax, our schools will lose programs that are currently supported through gifts to DSF’s Dollar-a-Day campaign. The $1.4 million that we granted to the school district last summer only benefits our students this year.”

The campaign for Measure A is just starting to take shape. We’ll provide details as they become available.

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