Davis voters passed the Measure C parcel tax by an overwhelming margin. The parcel tax won comfortably with a 72.3% favorable vote, that will generate 6.5 million per year to support classroom courses and possibly save 87 teacher jobs. Single-family homeowners will continue paying $320 a year and each apartment dwelling will pay $150 per year for five years. This is the fourth time in five years that Davis voters have approved a parcel tax supporting our schools. The passage does not completely eliminate all the financial wrongs within our school district, some pink slip are inevitable, but the all important classroom subjects that were also scheduled for extermination, have been saved.
This vote speaks volumes on where Davis residents place the importance of our local schools. It certainly demonstrates how crucial education is in Davis. The only disappointment would be the low turnout, only 39.9% of the ballots mailed out were returned. Ballots were mailed in early February, with a March 6th return deadline. This one month window gave each voter enough time to hear the pros and cons and make a personal decision on which way to vote. More small towns throughout California can take notice of what voters approved in Davis and realize school funds are no longer a given in our state. More parcel taxes similar to Measure C could be springing up in many school districts.
California is still swimming in red ink and state and local schools have been part of the budget cuts. With these cuts comes the inevitable neglect that now has our entire state school rankings near the bottom nationally. We have chosen to keep Davis unique and one of the most desirable small towns to live in the country, by voting yes on Measure C. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.