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LAUSD Parcel Tax Measure Fails

Several Bay Area Districts Approve Parcel Tax Measures by Margins of 70 Percent or More

By Jeff Hudson - June 10, 2010

A proposed school parcel tax in the mammoth Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) went down to defeat on Tuesday night.  But several school parcel taxes in smaller San Francisco Bay Area school districts were approved – with several netting upwards of 70 percent support from local voters.

In Southern California, the LAUSD asked voters to approve Measure E, which would have raised $92 million annually over a four year period through a parcel tax of $100 per year per single family home.

But Measure E needed a two-thirds majority to pass, and it didn’t get close.  Only 52.95 percent of voters said “yes,” well short of the 66.7 percent needed for approval.  Voter turnout was also low, with just over 300,000 registered voters (out of 1.9 million eligible) casting ballots.  (If even half of the parents of LAUSD’s 687,534 students had gone to the polls and voted for Measure E, it might have passed easily.)

It was a different story up north, where voters in Milpitas (Santa Clara County) gave 70 percent approval to Measure B, an $84-per-year-per home, five-year parcel tax.  Voters in the Mount Pleasant Elementary School District (Santa Clara County) approved Measure H – a five year, $95-per-home-per year parcel tax – by 71 percent. Voters in Santa Clara County’s Alum Rock Union Elementary School District gave 75 percent approval to Measure I, a five-year, $48-per-year-per home parcel tax.

Several school facility and school safety bonds measures – requiring 55 percent approval for passage – were also approved in the Bay Area.

Editor's Note:   Jeff Hudson is the editor of EdBrief and an award-winning education reporter and writer in print, radio and television media.