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Perspective - May 23, 2008

Yes on Measure D

We support Measure D, which is a renewal of the Excellence in Education Act passed by the voters of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in April 2004. It increases the existing $90 per year parcel tax to $166 for the next seven years, an increase of $76.

While bond measures allow the district to improve its facilities, their funds cannot be used for classroom programs. The parcel tax pays for specific classroom programs and services that might otherwise fall by the wayside during tight budget times.

In the last four years, the parcel tax has gone toward smaller class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and in ninth-grade English and math; keeping middle and high school libraries open; counselors at the middle and high schools; and teachers for the fifth-grade instrumental music program. Measure D funds will also be used to expand the district's math and science programs.

Measure D will help keep quality schools in this area, which is not only beneficial to families but to all of us since schools have a direct relationship to the value of our homes. The measure allows exemptions for residents 65 and older who own and occupy their home.

We urge a Yes vote on Measure D. These tax dollars will go directly to benefit the schools in our neighborhood - for less than $14 per month. And be sure to vote June 3: Measure D needs a two-thirds approval to win.

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