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Measure A defeat will not affect campus

By Marci Suela, opinion editor
On November 14, 2012

In an attempt to maintain quality education, programs and support course offerings, Contra Costa County voters were asked to decide whether an $11 parcel tax would be placed on each taxable property on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Despite 64.9 percent of the county voting for Measure A, the measure did not pass because of its requirement of a two-thirds voter approval.
 Contra Costa College President Denise Noldon said the parcel tax was rejected by a small amount.
According to the Contra Costa Elections Division, the measure was 1.8 percent away from being approved as 35 percent voted against the measure.
"(The measure) would have helped restore course offerings and student services," Interim Vice President Donna Floyd said.
The operating budget for CCC this year was cut to $24.4 million.  
Additional funding with the passage of Proposition 30 will increase the 2012-13 budget to $24.9 million, CCC Director of Business Services Mariles Magalong said.  
California community colleges are funded through the Full-Time Equivalent Student (FTES) model.  One FTES is equivalent to one student enrolled in 12 units.
Although the college is allocated money based on its FTES, the parcel tax would have helped increase funding for the college by providing CCC around $700,000 a year, Magalong said.
District Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services John Al-Amin said the parcel tax was supplemental in the event that Proposition 30 did not pass.
Proposition 30, also known as the School and Local Public Safety Protection Act, will increase income tax on individuals earning more than $250,000 a year for seven years and raise the state sales tax by a quarter of a cent, now making it 7.5 percent.
If the proposition did not pass, the district would have faced a reduction of more than 400 course sections, Governing Board President Tomi Van de Brooke said.
Magalong said because Proposition 30 passed and funding from Measure A was not included in the 2012-13 adopted budget, Measure A's defeat won't have any fiscal implications on CCC.

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