LAFAYETTE -- The Acalanes school district on Tuesday will consider reneging on a 6-year-old promise made to voters that their tax rates would not rise when they approved $93 million in construction bonds under Measure E.

Trustees could disregard their own ballot language from that 2008 measure by issuing $25 million remaining from the bond measure and increasing the tax rate by 42 percent -- from $35.58 per $100,000 in assessed valuation to $52. For example, property taxes on a home assessed at $500,000 would jump from about $178 a year to $260 annually, an increase of about $82.

To determine the legality of this decision, the board may also vote to pursue a "validation action" in Contra Costa Superior Court. If no one contests the action, the district can sell the bonds and increase the tax rate.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the district office community room at 1212 Pleasant Hill Road. More information is available by calling 925-280-3902 or by visiting www.acalanes.k12.ca.us. Click on "Governing Board," under District, then select the June 24 agenda.



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