Hermosa Beach City School District parcel tax, Measure E (June 2008)
If Measure E had been approved, it would have levied a parcel tax of $257 per year. This would have raised about $1.6 million for the district every year. In future years, since the tax was allowed to go up each year, the annual cost could have gone as high as $328.00.
Measure E attracted organized support and opposition. Opponent Linda Igo said the school district should tighten its belt rather than raise taxes, and that it has a spending problem, not a money problem. "Yes For Hermosa Schools Committee" supported the parcel tax; its founder Jim Caldwell said the district was in a budgetary crisis that would worsen over time.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure E: "Improving Educational Opportunities. To maintain high quality education for Hermosa’s schools, support classroom instruction, maintain and create small class sizes, and preserve educational programs, shall Hermosa Beach City School District levy a parcel tax for Two Hundred Fifty-Seven Dollars ($257) per assessor parcel per year, not to exceed a 5% annual increase, for five (5) years, with exemptions available for seniors and disabled persons, a citizens’ oversight committee, accountability measures and all funds being used locally?"|
- The Daily Breeze, "Sides line up on HB parcel tax", May 18, 2008
- Los Angeles Times, Seven ballot measures seek money for schools, May 28, 2008