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School Parcel Tax Campaign Kicks Off Thursday at GROW in Tam Junction

"Protect Mill Valley Schools," a campaign to win voter approval for Measure B, a $196 parcel tax, begins in earnest.

As officials and supporters to convince voters to , they did so knowing that mail-in ballots go out just 28 days after the of the 2012-2013 school year. Because of that, campaign organizers when school started.

That time has arrived.

"Protect Mill Valley Schools," a campaign to win voter approval for Measure B, a $196 parcel tax to support local schools, kicks into high gear Thursday night with a launch party at  in Tam Junction (next door to Proof Lab) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Campaign organizers are hoping to get people to both endorse the ballot measure and to donate to the effort to help pass it.

A coalition of parents, teachers, administrators and local leaders have lined up behind the ballot measure, making the case for the parcel tax around a central message: ensure local control, avoid cuts to core educational programs and retain quality teachers. The district currently faces a $684,612 budget deficit for the 2012-2013 school year, which is projected to grow by $1.3 million in 2013-2014 and by just under $1 million in 2014-2015.

District officials say the parcel tax would generate about $1.9 million annually for local elementary and middle schools. The current parcel tax is $731, so if approved the new tax would be $927 per parcel. It would expire after eight years. Homeowners 65 years or older can apply for an exemption.

For more info on the campaign, go to the Protect Mill Valley Schools' website.

russellcraig September 19, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Please VOTE NO ON MEASURE B Once again I must chime in to remind the voters that my opposition to the additional $196 parcel tax is about recognizing the already disproportionate percentage of our parcel tax dollars ALREADY flowing to the Mill Valley School District. Here's what property owners are currently contributing to the District via parcel tax: 2012: $731 This parcel tax amount INCREASES AUTOMATICALLY by 5% per year for the next 6 years: 2013: $768 2014: $805 2015: $846 2016: $889 2017: $933 2018: $980 Now tack on the proposed ADDITIONAL $196 parcel tax as proposed and it goes from a generous helping hand to an absurd percentage of our property tax bills. I'm a proud and unabashed liberal (like grandpa, life father, like son): tax me often and tax me well--but please, please let us recognize and be proud of our already substantial contribution to Mill Valley schools and share future potential tax revenue with other needier people and causes not already enjoying such community support. I thank you for joining me in voting NO ON MEASURE B, the $196 additional parcel tax increase for Mill Valley School District this November.
MV citizen September 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
What money schools need to provide a reasonable education to the youth of our community is more than the state is willing and able to provide. Unfortunately it's more than our property taxes now provide. Deciding it's more than we may want to pay doesn't affect the reduction of possibilities for our children. We need a strong public education system to support democracy, if we have to support it locally then we should. It's a lot of money but it's money well spent.
Absolute September 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The first (of many) glossy advertisements in the mail is out. Very whitey.
russellcraig October 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Please VOTE NO ON MEASURE B I must chime in to remind the voters that opposition to the additional $196 parcel tax is about recognizing the already disproportionate percentage of our parcel tax dollars ALREADY flowing to the Mill Valley School District. Here's what property owners are currently contributing to the District via parcel tax: 2012: $731 This parcel tax amount INCREASES AUTOMATICALLY by 5% per year for the next 6 years: 2013: $768 2014: $805 2015: $846 2016: $889 2017: $933 2018: $980 Now tack on the proposed ADDITIONAL $196 parcel tax as proposed and it goes from a generous helping hand to an absurd percentage of our property tax bills. I'm a proud and unabashed liberal (like grandpa, life father, like son): tax me often and tax me well--but please, please let us recognize and be proud of our already substantial contribution to Mill Valley schools and share future potential tax revenue with other needier people and causes not already enjoying such community support. I thank you for joining me in voting NO ON MEASURE B, the $196 additional parcel tax increase for Mill Valley School District this November.
Taxpayer October 19, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Also, is this $196 per parcel, or only per parcel with a structure on it? Because of the vagaries of the way our block's property is divided, I have 3 parcels, two of which are just slivers and no larger than a parking lot. This will be a serious financial blow if it's per parcel.

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