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SRJC to discuss parcel tax

Santa Rosa Junior College trustees plan to renew discussions of a potential parcel tax at their June 19 retreat to be held at Pepperwood Preserve.

A proposed study into the feasibility of putting a parcel tax to voters was raised at a special board meeting June 4 but the idea was met with resistance from some board members who expressed concern about paying for a consultant during tight budgetary times.

School President Frank Chong, who proposed the idea of a study, said a parcel tax is one of many strategies to both cut costs and raise revenues.

Voters in 2002 supported a $251 million construction bond measure that transformed the college's main campus on Mendocino Avenue and its Petaluma campus.

But a parcel tax — which requires two-thirds voters approval — can be used for operations and salaries.


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