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Dublin Voters Pass Measure E Parcel Tax with Nearly 75 Percent Approval

May 9, 2019

yes-on-eDUBLIN, CA–While results are currently unofficial, pending a count of ballots dropped off on election day, mail-in results show nearly 75 percent of Dublin voters approved the Measure E parcel tax, ensuring approximately $1.7 million in annual revenue will continue to flow into the district. Parcel tax funds will aid in efforts to attract and retain high quality teachers, support academic achievement, keep class sizes smaller, maintain school libraries, current instructional materials and classroom technology, and assist students reading below their grade level.

“This result reaffirms one of the characteristics of Dublin and its citizens that I love most,” said Amy Miller, President, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “Our kids always come first! There is widespread support for education, and that has been the case for as long as I can remember. I want to thank our community for continually supporting our efforts to provide the best quality education for our students.”

Since 2008, Dublin has supported and renewed a local parcel tax measure that provides locally-controlled funding for our schools. This funding was set to expire this June. Once results are finalized, Dublin schools will continue to see parcel tax support for an additional nine years. As our community grows, all new homes will be assessed for Measure E.

“You might think a parcel tax supporting public education would be an easy sell, but it’s not. I’ve seen many communities reject similar measures,” said Dr. Dave Marken, Interim Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District. “Given the state of funding for public education in California, this level of community support is essential to maintain our high quality of education. Measure E will help bridge the gap between where we are and where we should be, making Dublin a better place to learn. This is a tremendous win for our community.”

Although parcel taxes do not require the same oversight as a bond measure, the Dublin Board is committed to full transparency and has always utilized an independent citizen oversight committee to ensure the funds are spent as promised. Additionally, the Superintendent or his designee will provide annual updates in public board meetings. These practices are important to continue so the community is always informed of how their tax dollars are being spent.

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee annual reports can be viewed on the District website at https://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/15

The parcel tax provides essential funding that supports elementary, middle and high school students. Since it was first passed in 2008, 46 percent of funds have supported programs at Dublin elementary schools, 30 percent of funds have supported programs at Dublin middle and high schools, and 24 percent of funds have gone to districtwide programs.

“These campaigns do not succeed without a lot of effort. It takes an entire team to win an election. The Board would like to thank all the employee and community volunteers, our generous donors and consultant firm, TBWB, for their time, effort, generosity, and commitment throughout these last few months. It was this group’s efforts which resulted in the success of our Measure E campaign. There is no question that the residents of Dublin support and prioritize our students and their education,” continued Miller.

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