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Video: Measure B Supporters Rally on Street Corners Before the Election

Parents, students, and members of the Mill Valley School District held signs and waved to cars on Friday to encourage voters to pass a $196 parcel tax on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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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Scott October 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
So, other than to entice them to vote for the tax, why are seniors exempted? Do their property values not also appreciate along with other households?
Citizen October 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
There are thousands and thousands of parcels subject to the parcel tax in which the owners of the parcels do not get a vote. Taxation without representations. What kind of democracy is that.
Rico October 20, 2012 at 02:12 AM
A parcel can contain many lots. The parcel that I own is 3 lots, but my neighbor's is 13 lots. As for the reason that some people (mainly politicians) claim that the schools need more money is not because of salaries or retirement pensions. It is because the politicians insist on wasting money on train projects (both SMART and the SSR), water diversion projects to SoCal to give water to farmers who in turn turn fields fallow and sell the water rights to developers who build condos in the desert, and especially bad-giving our tax money to create private healthcare "insurance exchanges" to promote out of state insurance corporations set up shop and sell useless insurance policies and divert the profits out of state. If the corporately controlled politicians would cut out these wasteful programs, then there would be adequate funding for education and medical care for Californians. That is why I already voted NO on all tax increase proposals, including "B", I don't care how much these promoters say it will cost, VOTE NO on ALL TAX INCREASES.
Scott October 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Tax deductibility is a meaningless distraction the council-member was so willing to weigh in on. I wonder why he's been so quiet as people start focusing on the real issue being the spending problem. I'm not saying "no" to the tax increase, but I'd like to understand why benefit increases in the budget are more than double the salary increases especially given overall expenses are going down. To me, it seems the teachers are sacrificing everything but their own pay and benefits. How do the kids benefit from this? Ken?
Mill Valley mom October 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am going to vote NO. I feel guilty that the people have already contribute the second most of any school district in the county. If we want our kids to get a private school type education, then it is up to us parents to pay up.


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