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Hermosa Beach City School District parcel tax, Measure E (June 2008)

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A Hermosa Beach City School District parcel tax, Measure E ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot for voters in the Hermosa Beach City School District in Los Angeles County, California, where it was defeated.

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.[1][2]

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.

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,09352.97%
Yes 1,858 47.03%
These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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?"

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