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Orinda Union School District parcel tax, Measure B (March 2009)

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An Orinda Union School District Parcel Tax, Measure B ballot question was on the March 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Orinda Union School District in Contra Costa County, where it was approved.[1]

The Measure B tax is $124 per parcel.

There was already a parcel tax of $385 in force in the district at the time of the vote on Measure B which had been approved in 2003. The approval of Measure B meant that the total parcel tax went to $509 per-parcel/per-year.[2]

The vote by the Orinda Unified School District Board of Trustees to put Measure B on the ballot was unanimous. The members of the Board of Trustees at the time were Riki Sorenson, Pamela West, Pat Rudebusch, Matt Moran, and Jack Bontemps.[3]

The parcel tax at Orinda Union was the highest of any school district in Contra Costa County as of 2009. The board of trustees told a reporter in early February that regardless of the outcome of the vote on Measure B, the district would have to make cuts because of the state budget crunch.[4]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 5,384 70.7%
No2,22629.3%
These final election results are from the Contra Costa County election office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure B: "To provide secure local funding for all Orinda K-8 students; reduce the impact of state budget cuts; maintain small class sizes and neighborhood schools; attract and retain skilled, qualified teachers with competitive compensation and training; and protect classroom programs and strong core academics, shall the Orinda Union School District be authorized to levy a parcel tax of $124 per year per parcel, with citizen oversight, no funds used for administrators’ salaries, and every dollar staying in Orinda Union School District?"[5]

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