An existing property tax will continue if enough voters residing in the Acalanes Union High School District approve a special vote-by-mail ballot measure. Ballots began being disseminated on Monday, April 7. The Acalanes special tax measure is officially titled Measure A.
The district is seeking to continue a $112 per year parcel tax. The original tax is scheduled to expire in June 2015.
The district includes Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, and part of Walnut Creek.
Ballots are due by Tuesday, May 6.
The Acalanes special tax measure is officially titled Measure A.
To pass, Measure A will need a two-thirds vote.
Measure A allows district residents over the age of 65 to file a form exempting them from the tax. Thus, a senior citizen can vote in favor of the tax and not have to pay it.
The Measure A ballot is not being consolidated with the statewide June 2014 ballot. Without consolidation, taxpayers have to bear the expenses associated with Measure A’s mail-in status and the expenses associated with the June statewide ballot. Thus, voters in the Acalanes district are paying for two elections when they could have paid for one.
In a letter to Kathy Coopersmith, the president of the Acalanes school board, this correspondent, on April 1, asked Coopersmith, “Why did the [Acalanes] district not put Measure A on the June 2014 ballot?”
This correspondent also asked Coopersmith, “Why is the District asking for funds after California voters, in November 2012, passed Proposition 30, a tax increase designed to benefit schools?”
As of 9 A.M., April 9, Coopersmith has not replied.