Editorial: Vote yes on Fremont Union High School parcel tax

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The Fremont Union High School District is a high-performing district that has done solid work in managing its finances.

The district’s long-time superintendent, Polly Bove, crafted a collaborative approach to negotiations with collective bargaining units that has resulted in faculty and staff benefitting when Fremont Union keeps its finances in order.

The district serves about 11,000 students at five high schools — Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista — covering West San Jose, Cupertino and part of Sunnyvale.

Trustees placed Measure M on the Nov. 3 ballot seeking voter approval to renew the district’s tax of $98 per parcel for eight years. The tax would provide about $5 million annually, which the district intends to use primarily to attract and retain teachers and staff.

In addition to the parcel tax, property owners pay a yearly levy that covers the cost of school construction bond payments. That tax is $47.80 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. For the owners of a home with an average assessed valuation in the district of $937,796, that works out to $448 annually.

Fremont Union voters should reward the district’s prudent use of resources by approving Measure M.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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