Measure B supporters are taking to the streets as the Nov. 6 election, and efforts to pass a $196 parcel tax, grow closer.
"In all, I would estimate there were about 60 volunteers (parents and children) who showed up at some point during the 90 minute rallies in the five locations in Mill Valley," said campaign organizer Mari Allen.
There was a steady stream of honking as cars drove past the volunteers, who cheered and rang cowbells last Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Corner rallies are planned again on Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 5.
The proposed tax, which requires two-thirds support from voters to be approved, comes on top of the existing $731 per parcel tax and aims to address the Mill Valley School District’s looming budget deficit.
A parcel tax, supporters say, will maintain the quality teachers and programs in the Mill Valley School District. Organizers according to the latest financial filing with the Marin County Registrar of Voters. The majority of the funds raised will pay for mailers that will target residents without children in one of the district’s six schools, as that group comprises a whopping 80 percent of voters within the district, according to a survey conducted earlier this year.
"State budget cuts have made it more essential than ever that the school district be able to fund our public K-8 schools locally," Allen said.
In addition to the rallies, campaign volunteers are walking door-to-door and making personal phone calls to voters, Allen said. They're also staffing phone banks Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Pacific Union Realtors and one evening at Alain Pinel. And they'll be in Depot Square every Saturday morning through Election Day to talk with residents.
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