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Deadline nears for parcel tax exemption

 

Property owners in the Las Lomitas School District who are 65 years and older have until June 1 to apply for an exemption to the district's parcel tax for fiscal year 2011-12.

The $311 annual tax was approved by voters in March 2007 with a provision allowing a senior citizen exemption if requested. Eligible seniors must be 65 years or older as of July 1 of this year, and live on the property for which they are requesting the exemption.

In a letter sent to the community that accompanied an exemption application, Superintendent Eric Hartwig encouraged seniors not to opt out of paying the tax, noting that the decline in property tax revenue and increasing student enrollment are creating an increasing financial burden for the district.

"We hope that you will decide not to exercise your exemption privilege," he wrote. "Without the revenue from our parcel tax and the generous donations we receive from the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, we would not be able to maintain our excellent education programs for our students while still keeping class sizes as small as possible."

Those needing an exemption application should call the district's business office at 854-6311.

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