An annual $11 parcel tax for the Contra Costa Community College District intended to restore funds lost through statewide budget cuts fell just short of passage Tuesday.
Measure A, which needed two-thirds voter approval to pass, would generate $4 million each of the next six years for Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa College, Los Medanos College and the Brentwood and San Ramon centers. Vote totals showed it fell about two percentage points shy of that goal, with 64.8 percent of voters supporting it.
The money that would have been raised by the measure represents less than 1 percent of the district's $458 million 2012-13 budget.
The college district says it would have used the money to help provide sufficient room in essential classes students must take to graduate and on high demand courses in the subjects of health care, public safety and technology.
The legislation includes the formation of a citizen's fund oversight committee.
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