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Arcadia Unified School District parcel tax, Measure A (March 2012)

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An Arcadia Unified School District parcel tax, Measure A ballot question was on the March 13, 2012 ballot for voters in the Arcadia Unified School District in Los Angeles County, where it was narrowly approved.[1]

Measure A levies a $228 annual parcel tax for five years on property owners in the district. The tax will go into effect on July 1, 2012. It is anticipated that the tax will generate about $3.4 million for the district.[2]

In 2007, voters in the district approved a $218 million construction/facilities expansion bond. Voters in the district have never previously been asked to vote on a parcel tax.[2]

The election was held as a mail-in ballot election. A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.

Election results

Measure A
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,700 67.24%
No3,26532.76%
Election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office as of 8:00 a.m. on March 17, 2012

Support

  • Joann Steinmeier is the vice president of the school district board and a member of a campaign committee devoted to the passage of Measure A. She said, "We've been cutting for four years; we need to do something to stem the tide of these losses. The alternative is to continue to cut, which at this point is getting pretty silly."[2]
  • Joel Shawn, the superintendent of the district, said that passage of Measure A will give "some level of stability" to the district.[2]
  • The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce supported Measure A. Scott Hettrick, executive director of the chamber, said, ."..strong schools make a strong community and businesses will prosper better in a strong community...better students make better employees."[2]
  • Mary Dougherty, a candidate for the Arcadia City Council and a former member of the Arcadia Unified School District's board, said, "Most of us moved to Arcadia because we wanted excellent schools for our children. Business needs an educated workforce to grow our economy. The desirability and value of our homes is tied to the educational value presented by our schools. Thus, I believe that we must continue to support our local schools."[3]

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