OAKLAND -- Peralta Community College District trustees voted Tuesday to ask voters in June to pay more to help restore classes lost to state budget cuts.
The proposed $48-per-year tax on property in the Alameda County district will go to voters at the June 5 presidential primary. The tax would last eight years and bring about $8 million annually to the four-college Peralta district serving Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.
District leaders say the money would pay for nearly 1,900 classes per year. The colleges have cut back enrollment dramatically since state budget cuts started two years ago, losing nearly $30 million since 2010.
Polling commissioned by the district showed strong support for the tax, but other education-related taxes in the Bay Area have had mixed results in recent years.
The vote was 6-1 in favor of the June ballot measure. Trustee Abel Guillen was the lone dissenting vote, saying he would prefer the measure appear on the November ballot.
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