Tax measure on ballot for Fortuna Elementary School District

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FORTUNA- Fortuna residents will be asked to vote on another tax measure this fall to raise funds for the Elementary School District. Superintendent Patti Hafner spoke to the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Monday about Measure W.

If passed, the measure would bring in $9 million to the school district to make improvements to South Fortuna Elementary, Ambrosini, Fortuna Middle School and Toddy Thomas Middle School. The measure would apply to property owners in the school district’s zone and would cost the average homeowner $5 a month for the next 30 years.

The funding will go towards paying off a $1.2 million dollar band loan the district inherited by consolidating with Rohnerville schools. The remainder would go towards making structural and technology improvements.

“To get a good education, kids need to have a good place to learn,” Hafner said. “They can't be worrying about it being too hot and the system never shutting off or leaky roofs coming into the classroom, or up here there's always an issue with mold too so, it's unfortunate that it falls just on property owners because as someone said it is true, we have a lot of students whose families are renting, but it is for the whole community.”