MORAGA -- Moraga School District officials are once again turning to residents to help fund the district's three elementary schools and middle school following the defeat of a parcel tax last year.

The district governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss a new tax that would appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

If approved, residents will be asked to vote on the $192 per-parcel tax officials say would continue funding of math, science, music and art curriculums and maintain manageable class sizes, among other benefits. The tax would sunset in six years and includes an exemption for low-income seniors.

Last year, school officials proposed a $225 parcel tax arguing that an existing parcel tax would no longer cover expenses in 2013. That tax did not have a sunset date.

Despite garnering 64.97 percent voter support, the ballot measure failed to reach the two-thirds majority required for passage.

Property owners already pay a $325 parcel tax which generates $1.8 million annually to fund the schools. They also pay more than $300 in parcel taxes to the Acalanes Union High School District.

The meeting will be held in the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School library, 1010 Camino Pablo.



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