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A campaign committed to defeating Tamalpais Union High School District's unfair and unnecessary billion-dollar tax measure is now underway, thanks to support from COST and concerned citizens. Volunteer, donate, and learn more about the campaign by visiting NoOnATUHSD.com.
CO$T Submitted the Argument against Measure A appearing in the Voter Guide for the March 5, 2024 Election:
Vote NO On Measure A.
It is a $1.04 BILLION tax that increases inequality and does not deliver what our students need most.
Measure A’s biggest expenditure is an unnecessary, non-essential, gold-plated cafeteria. No money goes to reduce overcrowded classrooms, close the huge educational achievement gap for low-income students, or attract and retain top teachers.
Marin values diversity, economic justice, fairness, and community engagement. Here is how Measure A falls short of these fundamental principles:
- The Gold-Plated Cafeteria: Tamalpais Union High School District rates the proposed $106 million cafeteria at Redwood High School nonessential. Considering steep enrollment declines and students’ preference for lunch off-campus, the “bill” for this five- star venue is excessive.
- Lacks Transparency: Tamalpais Union High School District asks voters to approve a $517 million bond. Their ballot question doesn’t tell you that with interest payments the TRUE cost to voters is $1.04 Billion; nor does it state the tax increases every year for 30 years.
- Inequitable: Archie Williams High School receives less than 15% of the bond revenues and will not benefit from any major project. AWHS area households have a lower median income than the rest of TUHSD. AWHS residents’ taxes will subsidize projects for Redwood and Tamalpais High Schools.
- Unfair: Those least able to afford an increase in property taxes are obligated to pay. There are no exemptions or discounts for low income homeowners, seniors, or disabled. Measure X does nothing to prevent landlords from passing on the tax’s costs to renters.
- Misguided: Millions of dollars already spent on architects and political consultants should have gone into classrooms instead of an unapproved bond measure.
We value education and want our students to thrive. Our community IS willing to spend money that directly improves the education of ALL our students. Measure A does NOT do this.
We should not pay for a gold-plated cafeteria, more unfairness, and more inequality.
Please. Vote NO on Measure A.
TUHSD Mountain Bike Coach, Marin County Bicycle Coalition Director
Former San Anselmo Mayor
JAMES H. ANDREWS
Former Corte Madera Councilmember & Mayor
Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District President
Ross Valley Sanitary District Director, Former San Anselmo Councilmember