Parcel tax passes in Mountain View Whisman School District

Voters overwhelmingly approved Measure B, an expanded parcel tax for the Mountain View Whisman School District, in a May 2 special election. 

The invitiative calls for an annual $2.8 million allocation to the school district at $191 per parcel. it passed with 71.25 percent of the vote, 6,529 to 2,635 votes against, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

According to district officials, Measure B maintains current levels of school funding while raising the average homeowner’s tax by $64. 

Parcel-tax funds pay for district libraries, art, music and teacher compensation, as well as experiential programs such as an eighth-grade field trip to Yosemite and fifth-grade environmental education. An independent oversight committee monitors disbursement of the funds. 

The existing tax, approved by more than 80 percent of voters in 2008, expires at the end of June.

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