County Board of Supervisors approves early education and child care tax ordinance introduced by Nancy Skinner

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The Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve the child care and early education tax ordinance, taking it one step closer to being placed on the June 2018 ballot.

The new ordinance aims to make quality child care and education affordable for young, low-income students in Alameda County. The measure would be funded by a half-cent sales tax increase for the next 30 years, annually raising $140 million, according to a press release from State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

Only the first draft of the ordinance has been approved by the board of supervisors, and according to Berkeley School Board Vice President Judy Appel, it will require a second reading and approval before it can be placed on the ballot.

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Thousands of Alameda County children are on waiting lists for child care and early education programs.

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