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71.89 Percent Vote 'Yes' on Measure G to Support Livermore Students

The measure extends the annual $138 fee on parcel taxes.

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District School Board placed the ballot measure, Measure G, before voters in the recent June 3rd election. The renewal of this parcel tax continues critical funding to Livermore public schools, which began in 2004 with Measure D and followed with Measure M in 2010. With a 2/3 vote needed to pass for an additional seven years, voters showed up at the polls and passed Measure G with a landslide 71.89 percent.
  
Related article: Alameda County Election Wrap: Measure G Passes in Livermore

All Livermore students in grades K-12 benefit from this reliable source of funding, which is locally controlled and monitored by an Independent Oversight Committee.

The flat assessment per parcel tax of $138 per year, with exemptions for citizens aged over 65, provides critical funding for: 
  • Advanced courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
  • Programs in music, art, and foreign language
  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers (lower class sizes)
  • Elementary school science and technology specialists
  • Keeping our schools safe and well-maintained
  • Up-to-date instructional materials and comprehensive curricular programs.  
Superintendent Kelly Bowers states, “I believe Measure G passed because our community places a high value on providing a quality public education for all of our students. Our informed community realizes that State funding sources are often unreliable and inequitable compared to other districts, and that local investment in schools provides a vital safety net, while ensuring funds are earmarked and used for unique local priorities. Livermore voters understand our responsibility to do all that we can to provide our students with every advantage and opportunity to graduate with the skills necessary to contribute and thrive in the 21st century. Community partnerships and supports are integral components of our formula for student success (Great students + Great schools = Great Community). We are fortunate and grateful that Livermore voters have re-affirmed their commitment to education of our youth, with the successful passage of Measure G.” 

—Submitted by Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District 

Monica Baucke June 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Thank you Livermore Patch and Livermore voters! Just a point of clarification--Measure G is the renewal of the existing parcel tax which has been in place for the last 10 years. It is not a tax increase, but a continuation of the existing parcel tax of $138 per year.
Autumn Johnson June 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Yes, thanks Monica! We fixed it to reflect.
Anonymous June 11, 2014 at 01:41 PM
I was one of the 29% that voted against this tax. I believe that everyone should be responsible for the education of our children not just the people who own homes. This tax "hits" only home owners! Many of the families who benefit from this money do not pay their fair share to educate their children. I remember the "sales pitch" years ago to legalize the lottery was that it would "solve" the financial challenges that our schools were facing. But it was just another way to generate more funds for the politicians to spend. While $138 is not going to break the bank I believe that in the future they will have their hands in our pockets looking for more. But that's just my opinion and it looks like I'm in the minority.... (:>)
Jow June 11, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Anonymous, I hear you on this, but people who don't own homes and probably own a crappy car, have no money. Even if they did, how do you tax them? What do you attach the tax to? So instead of a parcel tax it is... a sales tax, income tax, or what? Just curious...

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