Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District parcel tax, Measure V (June 2009)
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.
- These final election results are from the Los Angeles County election office.
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.
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.
The question on the ballot:
|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?"|