Bolinas will vote on school parcel tax renewal in August

07/03/2019

Residents in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District will vote on a tax for funding education programs on Aug. 27 in a vote-by-mail special election. If Measure B receives a two-thirds “yes” vote, a parcel tax that has been in place for over 20 years will go from $300 to $318—a 3 percent increase—to fund art, music, nutrition and experiential activities at the district for the next five years. “It would keep things relatively flat in terms of those pro-grams,” Superintendent John Carroll said. “It’s definitely not adding anything, just keeping it up.” If the measure fails, the district will hold two more elections to sway voters before the current tax expires on June 30, 2020. If voters fail to renew the tax, the district will lose 12 percent of its budget, forcing a reduction in programs. Historically, the community has supported the tax. The school board debated raising the tax by $18 since it has remained steady at $300 since 2013, but decided it was necessary to keep up with inflation. The law lets residents over 65 opt out of the tax.