Time to vote! Registered voters in Rowland Unified School District (Rowland Heights and parts of Walnut, La Puente and West Covina) must postmark their Measure E Special Parcel Tax Election ballot by Thursday, June 25.
The election is being conducted as an all vote by mail election. Ballots must be postmarked by tomorrow to be received by June 30.
If voters are unable to mail their ballots in time, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk established a special satellite ballot drop-off location for voters’ convenience in the lobby of the Rowland Heights Library at 1850 Nogales St. on Tuesday, June 30 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The ballot drop-off location is exclusively for voters who did not mail their voted ballots in time. It will be staffed by registrar personnel.
Voters who did not receive a Vote by Mail ballot, should call the RR/CC, Vote by Mail Unit at (562) 466-1323.
Voters can verify if they live within the Rowland Unified School District on the RR/CC website: www.lavote.net by clicking the Voter & Election Information tab, then clicking on Locate My District link. Persons requiring multilingual assistance in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish , Tagalog/Filipino, or Vietnamese can call (800)481-8683.
Rowland Unified School District is facing more than $13 million in cuts because of the state budget deficit. The district says this will have a devastating impact on every school as well as the educational programs.
Measure E is a local parcel tax that would help raise an estimated $2.5 million annually for five years only. These funds could not be taken away by the state and would provide stable funds to be used to maintain college preparation classes and high school counselors.
Rowland Unified would also use the money to preserve student health/safety/security services, provide adequate instructional materials and classroom technology, keep school libraries open, protect small class sizes, maintain music and art programs and retain qualified, experienced teachers
If approved, Measure E will cost property owners $10 per month, for a total of $120 per year, for five years only. Property owners age 65 and over can apply for an exemption.
If passed, the deadline to fill out the senior exemption form is July 30. An independent Community Oversight Committee will be appointed by the school board to make sure that school parcel tax funds are properly spent.
To pass, Measure E must receive at least 66.7% support from those who vote on the measure. For further information, please visit www.RowlandSchools.org or call (626) 854-8352.