Over 70 percent of the voters voted in favor of the parcel tax increase for the Orinda Union School District, which is more than the two-thirds majority needed for the measure to pass.
The parcel tax, which will increase $124 per year from $385 to $509, will never expire.
The passing of this measure will likely save many school programs that would have been cut if the district had faced the $1 million budget deficit expected without the parcel tax increase. The passing of the measure will also save the jobs of many employees who would have been let go as a result of the budget deficit.
Seniors who earn less than 50 percent of the county’s median income are exempt from the parcel tax.