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Another poll on another tax

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 5:01 pm in Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools.

A few weeks ago, Acalanes school district Superintendent John Stockton told me discussion about an additional, temporary parcel tax was “speculation.”

Now it looks like it’s closer to being more than that. The district’s governing board has scheduled a special meeting to be held at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, after their regular meeting. Staff is recommending they move forward with a poll that would gauge community support for a second tax (cost to the district: $26,750).

The district already has a yearly $189-per-parcel tax, extended indefinitely in November with overwhelming voter support.

Staff is now saying that funding cuts from the state could blow a nearly $5 million hole in the district’s budget for the next two years and mean laying off dozens of employees. Several members of the community have “strongly encouraged” the district to pursue a short-term parcel tax to help weather the storm, according to the staff report.

During the regular meeting Wednesday, staff will also recommend closing Del Oro High School, the district’s alternative high school.

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