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."