School Parcel Tax Measure Approved in Sonoma County

Voters in the Kenwood School District in Sonoma County recently voted in favor of renewing a parcel tax that funds district schools. In a vote-by-mail election with an August 30 deadline, 77.4 percent of voters approved of extending a $52 annual parcel tax for an additional five years, beginning July 1, 2017.

The tax has been imposed since 1991, initially at a rate of $48 per year, and was last renewed in 2011. The parcel tax costs property owners approximately $100,000 annually.

The district is comprised of a single K-6 elementary school, a preschool, and an afterschool center. (Sources: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, August 31; Kenwood Press, August 15.)

In other local tax election news:

Hospital Bond Measure Rejected in Tulare County. In a vote-by-mail election with ballots that were due by August 30, voters in Tulare County soundly rejected a $55 million bond measure that would have funded completion of the Tulare Regional Medical Center’s four-story tower expansion project.

More than 10,000 votes were cast in the special election for Measure I, representing a turnout of more than 40 percent of registered voters in the Tulare Local Healthcare District. Preliminary results show that only 33.23 percent supported the bond measure, well short of the necessary two-thirds threshold needed to pass.

Construction on the hospital’s tower began after voters approved an $85 million bond measure in 2005, but funds from that bond ran out in 2014, before the tower was completed. (Source: Visalia Times-Delta, August 31.)

September 15, 2016

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