School Board: Parcel Tax Meeting Tonight

The meeting is planned for 7 p.m. at Cornell Elementary School

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A special meeting of the school board has been scheduled for tonight at the Cornell Elementary School Multi-purpose Room to discuss results of a poll and timing of a ballot initiative to renew the parcel tax (currently known as Measure I). 

The meeting will be at 7 p.m., according to the school district website.

"Preserve Funding for Albany Schools," a committee organized to work on the campaign, will be meeting immediately after the School Board meeting at 8 p.m. to discuss next steps. Everyone is welcome to join.

Sara Hinkley, who represents the "Preserve Funding for Albany Schools," says the "committee is working on renewing the parcel tax that expires in 2015. This tax generates $1.3 million for Albany schools every year. We will be discussing next steps in the campaign, fundraising strategies, communication needs, outreach, etc."

Robert Marshall February 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Yet again another ballot measure to make a "temporary" parcel tax seemingly permanent. Mind you I'm not against parcel taxes per se, it's just that I'd prefer the authors to be truthful when they write the ballot measure and say you'll be stuck with it due to unending, and seemingly rubber stamped, approvals.
Alan Eckert February 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM
I got a survey call last week or the week before on this same issue. What is missing are the exact plans for this money. I think we still haven't been told what was done with the last/current funds. I also think there was a sudden appearance of a large amount of money. Where did that come from? The books aren't very clear, and I won't be voting for this unless it is made clear just what will be done with the money.
Alan Riffer February 26, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Alan, I also was called last week. It was clear from the questions that the purposes of the call were to determine the largest amount that two-thirds of the voters would support and the uses of the proceeds that would generate the most support. Setting priorities before the survey would be premature, from the perspective of maximizing the likelihood of passage. The first schools parcel tax in Albany in 1987 was the most specific as to the use of the proceeds. Each election since then has provided more flexibility to the Board.


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