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Mill Valley School District parcel tax, Measure B (November 2012)

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A Mill Valley School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the Mill Valley School District in Marin County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure B levied a parcel tax of $196 per parcel per year on parcels in the school district. The tax will last for 8 years. The tax will result in annual new revenues to the school district of about $1.9 million. Property owners in the school district already paid an annual parcel tax of $731. The $731 tax goes through 2018 and increases by 5% every year. With the new tax approved, the total annual parcel tax a homeowner would pay comes to $927.00 per year.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for passage.[1]

Three years before the approval of Measure B, voters in the district approved Measure C, a $59.8 million bond.

Election results

Measure B
Approveda Yes 12,691 71.42%
Final official results from the Marin County elections office.

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B: "To replace significant cuts by the State in education funding; protect the quality of local elementary and middle schools and attract and keep highly qualified core academic teachers; shall the Mill Valley School District be authorized to implement a parcel tax of one hundred ninety-six dollars for eight years, requiring annual audit and accountability measures, and with all revenues kept local and used exclusively for Mill Valley elementary and middle schools?"[2]


Robin Moses is the president of the Mill Valley School District board. Moses said, "This measure is a much needed step to protect our schools from state budget cuts and make up for more than $5 million in lost state funding."[1]

The editorial board of the Marin Independent Journal endorsed Measure B, writing, "Measure B is about providing schools with reliable funding and protecting the education of kids from economic uncertainties and from the maneuvers and manipulations of Sacramento politicians. The quality of Mill Valley schools are why many people choose to buy and rent homes in town. Voter support for Measure B would be another sign that Mill Valley taxpayers place a high priority in the academic quality of their public schools."[3]

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