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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District parcel tax, Measure V (June 2009)

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A Palos Verdes Peninsula School District parcel tax, Measure V ballot question was on the June 23, 2009 ballot for voters in the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure V asked voters to approve a four-year parcel tax. The tax is $165 per parcel, levied on top of the district's existing $209 parcel tax. It was expected to generate an estimated $3.3 million a year over the four years it will be in effect.[2]

Election results

Measure V
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 12,301 68.89%
No5,55531.11%
These final election results are from the Los Angeles County election office.

Supporters

Measure V had the support of the council of parent-teacher associations, the teachers union, the chamber of commerce and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Board of Realtors. The campaign spent about $100,000 to urge a "yes" vote on Measure V.[2]

Opponents

Craig Huey, the author of LAVoterGuide, recommended a "no" vote on Measure V. He gave seven reasons for this recommendation:

  • Most of the cuts are overdue and will actually help eliminate the existing fat and unnecessary spending.
  • Property values will not be affected with either a "Yes" or "No" vote. PV educational excellence will not be compromised, the kids will continue to excel and students won't suffer any decline in receiving among the best educational opportunities in Los Angeles County.
  • In a recession, you don't raise taxes, you cut spending. Raising taxes at this time is unwise.
  • Measure V would be a tax on a tax. If Measure V passes, taxpayers will be paying M and V at the same time because Measure P lasts until 2012 - plus all the bond money payments.
  • There are no meaningful teachers union concessions; everyone else must sacrifice. Until the union becomes more flexible, I don't think more money should be spent by the taxpayers.
  • School expenditures in 1999-2000 were $53,602,064 with 10,072 students. School expenditures in 2008-2009 are $99,145,300 (up from $98,154,883 from last year) with about 11,900 students. That's a 30 percent increase over 10 years.
  • Many of the inequities are beyond the control of any school board or educational leadership.[3]

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 V: "To protect the high quality of education in Palos Verdes schools, prevent deep cuts to educational programs including math, science, technology, PE, music and art; retain qualified teachers/school employees; keep school facilities well-maintained; and continue programs that promote student achievement and success in college/careers; shall Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District levy $165 per parcel for four years only, with independent citizen oversight, an exemption for senior citizens, and all money staying locally to benefit our schools?"

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