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MUSD Relieved Over Passage of Measure C

The measure will provide five additional years of funding for technology, library and music programs in Martinez schools.

Measure C, a parcel tax extension of Measure B, was approved by more than the two-thirds required for passage on Tuesday. That means the $50 per parcel annual tax that is currently set to expire in 2014 will be extended beginning in July, 2014, for five more years, or through June 30, 2019. 

It exempts those who are 65 years and older. 

The money is used by the district to fund technology and maintain art, music and band programs. It also funds library services and counselors.

"The passage of Measure C is a testament to the community of Martinez," said MUSD Superintendent Rami Muth. "The community has shown time and time again that they recognize the value of a strong public education system and have stepped forward to show their support."

With the passage of Prop. 30 on Tuesday, which raises sales tax and income taxes for those making $250,000 and more, and providing almost 90 percent to K-12 and the rest to community colleges, Martinez district officials are breathing a little easier about the future of education in the district. Though Prop. 30 will prevent staff cuts and other drastic measures, Measure C provides funds for technology upgrades, library and arts programs.

"By providing us with a local source of revenue, we have been able to grow and thrive during these fiscally challenging times," Muth said. "The approval of Measure C will have long reaching implications for the students of the Martinez Unified School District.  This proposition extends the current parcel tax (Measure B) which has funded school counselors, music, the fine arts, library services and science.  By maintaining that current level of funding we will be able to continue
to refine our programs to make Martinez a cutting edge environment for
21st century teaching and learning."

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Bobbi Horack November 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
A huge thank you to the Martinez community...your support makes it possible to deliver quality education to our students during difficult times. Bobbi Horack
Kathi McLaughlin November 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thank you Martinez for once again showing your strong support for our kids!
Harriett Burt November 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Once again the citizens of Martinez and the MUSD have spoken loud and clear about the importance of supporting education for our youngsters. I am so proud to be a part of this community and a former teacher in this district.
Paul L Wilson November 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Jim “It exempts those who are 65 years and older. “ Is this done automatically our do we have to apply for this exempt status?
CarolH November 10, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Paul - Don't know about Prop C but for Prop B which it extends you have to submit Request every year thru the Martinez School District - Must be submitted by July of each year and the form is usually not updated and posted quickly at the site. http://www.martinez.k12.ca.us/departments/business/parceltaxinfo.html Clickhere:http://www.martinez.k12.ca.us/export/sites/default/parentcommunity/forms/Senior_Request_For_Exemption_Form.pdf

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