County School Board Votes Against Clean Water Tax

By Walter Ruehlig

After a lively discussion at the March 21 meeting of the Contra Costa County Board of Education, the board voted against supporting the 2012 Clean Water Initiative. Board President Cynthia Ruehlig, a vocal critic of the proposed tax, and Trustees Richard Asadoorian and Daniel Gomes voted no, while Trustee Pam Mirabella voted to abstain. Trustee Ellen Elster was absent.

If it passes, the parcel tax for the County Office of Education is estimated at $2,000 per year. The three ballots received for facilities owned by the Office of Education located in Pleasant Hill, Brentwood and Concord will all be marked “no”. Ballots for the county-wide mail-in Proposition 218 election must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 6, 2012.

One interesting aspect of the election is that the process is being conducted and monitored by a private organization, Carol Keane and Associates a certified public accounting firm located in Walnut Creek, and not by the County Clerk’s Election Division.

One Comment to “County School Board Votes Against Clean Water Tax”

  1. karl says:

    no matter what the school board is voting for. i am still against the antioch high school tax.

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