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Another try

The John Swett school district wants to give a parcel tax another try.

Voters turned down Measure J in November, but the school district is hoping that it will fare better if it asks taxpayers for less this time around.

The latest proposal: a May 3 mail election seeking approval of a $75 parcel tax on residential property for four years, and one cent per square foot on industrial and commercial property.

That’s less than what the district asked for in Measure J, when they sought $96 a year for four years on residential properties and 1.5 cents per square foot on commercial land.

Is that enough to make a difference at the ballot box? We may soon find out.

If you want to let the school board know what you think of the proposal, you can attend a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 400 Parker Ave. in Rodeo. The school board will decide whether to call a special election after the hearing.

The John Swett school district covers Rodeo and Crockett.

Katherine Tam

Katherine is a Bay Area native and has been a reporter working for various publications for 11 years. She has been covering the city of Richmond for three years. She can be reached at ktam@bayareanewsgroup.com.