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Santa Barbara Schools To Try Again For Parcel Tax Extension, After Voters Reject First Effort This Month

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:01am


The Santa Barbara School Board has decided again to try to get voter support for a parcel tax extension.

The move last night comes in the wake of the failure of efforts during the June primary earlier this month.

More than 60% of those who voted favored the dual proposals June 5th, which would have combined charged each parcel owner $108 dollars to help the financially struggling elementary, and secondary schools. But, the measures didn’t pass the two thirds threshold they needed to pass.

The school board last night agreed to try again in November with a proposal which asks for slightly less money, $48 dollars a year for the elementary, and $45 dollars for secondary schools.

The hope is that by asking for $15 dollars less a year, combined with a ramped up campaign about the need, they will be able to get the aid package passed this fall.

Supporters say if this effort fails, the district may be forced to cut some core classes like math, and science. State funding cuts already mean that the district’s upcoming school year will be five days shorter than the just completed one,


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