One of the bright spots in recent memory is how Tahoe/Truckee citizens rallied behind a needed school tax last Tuesday. So far, Measure A is winning by a razor-thin margin of less than 1 percent — in an anti-tax, recessionary era.
The official tally is not expected until later this week, but the winning side remains optimistic.
It is a testament to a grass-roots, family-led effort and reflects the right priorities and values for a community — putting the children first.
Measure A called for renewing and increasing from $98 per year to $135 for the next seven years for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, starting in 2012.
The money is used to fund programs that have been in place since the passage of Measure S in 1989: academic programs, technology equipment, visual and performing arts, libraries and so on. Details are here.
We supported Measure A, and many of our good friends were on the front lines — going door to door to help get out the vote. It was an intense effort.
Many of them ran up hundreds of miles on their cars going around the Tahoe/Truckee area. Some of the school trustees said they couldn’t sleep all night while the vote was taken.
So far, the vote is 67.68 in favor and 32.32 against. The measure required 66.67 to be approved.
With all the rancor, rigid ideologues and tea party sentiment in our western county, coupled with rising activism, I dread that it could not be repeated here. To me, it’s a sad commentary on our community.
Here’s a typical comment — this one on right-wing blogger Russ Steele’s site from local tea party advocate and GOP central committee Treasurer Barry Pruett: “53% on education…isn’t this exactly what Wisconsin and New Jersey are debating now? Soon the debate will come to California.” You get the drift.
Kudos to Tahoe/Truckee for standing up for its future.
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