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No On Measure A

Passing Measure A for Tam District Would Be an Expensive Mistake


The extravagantly expensive new property tax sought by Tamalpais Union High School District’s Measure A funds a poorly prioritized spending spree that doesn’t fix what’s actually broken: TUHSD’s educational results.

The proposal on the March 5 ballot is pitched as a “$517 million bond.” But $1.04 billion is the best estimate from official sources of the total cost to taxpayers, including interest, if all the bonds are issued, per TUHSD’s statement disclosure in the Voter Guide. Measure A is an expensive mistake, diverting management focus from the real problem while exacerbating the unaffordability of living in the district.

For a $1.5 million median assessed value home in the district, this tax will cost $450 the first year. It escalates annually, totaling more than $18,000 over 30 years. As a bond proposal, Measure A cannot offer exemptions for residents who are low income, seniors or disabled. Landlords will pass the expense to struggling renters.

Measure A masquerades as essential modernization to enhance the district’s STEM offerings. But the largest project – $104 million ($200 million with interest) – is a massive cafeteria space for Redwood, a school where many students prefer to leave campus for lunch.

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Tam Union, TUHSD, tax, tax measure