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Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District parcel tax, Measure D (June 2012)

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A Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District parcel tax, Measure D ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Sonoma County, where it was approved.[1][2]

Measure D levied a $89 annual parcel tax for five years. At the time, this was expected to generate $5.3 million for the district over the five years the tax would be in effect.[3]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval. Voters in the district rejected Measure A, a parcel tax proposal in 2005, by 26 votes.[3]

Election results

Measure D
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,929 66.9%
No3,43033.1%
These final election results are from the Sonoma County elections office.

Support

  • Marc Orloff. a trustee on the school board, said, "With the parcel tax, we can further the education of our kids."[4]
  • Andrew Longmire, a trustee on the school board, said, "From who I've talked to, even people who don't have students in our district said they'd support the parcel tax, given our vision."[4]

District budget

For fiscal year 2012-2013, the district had a $43.2 million budget. The district taught 8,300 students in 1999. In the 2013-2014 school year, it expected to enroll just 5,450 students (down from 5,900 students in 2012-2013).

Due to the declining enrollment at the time, the district had closed two elementary schools and one middle school since 2008.[3] Mountain Shadows Middle School, Gold Ridge Elementary and La Fiesta were the schools that were closed.[4]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE D: To protect quality education with local funding that cannot be taken by the state, shall Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District preserve reading, writing, math and science programs; keep school libraries open and available for students; protect art, music and vocational instruction; and attract/retain qualified teachers by leavying $89 per parcel annually for five years, no money for administrators' salaries, and all funds staying local?[5]

Path to the ballot

All five members of the district's board of trustees voted to place Measure D on the ballot.[4]

See also

References