South Bay Union School District parcel tax, Measure O (November 2010)

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A South Bay Union School District parcel tax, Measure O ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the South Bay Union School District in San Diego County.[1] It was defeated.

The parcel tax, if it had been approved, would have been $96/year for four years. It was expected to generate $1.7 million each of those four years.[2]

Election results

  • Yes: 8,265 (59.68%)
  • No: 5,583 (40.32%) Defeatedd

Election results are from the San Diego County elections division as of November 26, 2010.

A two-thirds supermajority vote was required for passage.


A "Yes on O" campaign kicked off with a meeting of volunteers in Imperial Beach in early September.[2]


The editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune opposed Measure O, saying, "We would have no problem supporting such measures – which generally add a relatively modest sum to property taxes – from a school district that had diligently managed its affairs and aggressively worked to minimize spending. But this description doesn’t fit tiny South Bay Union...we don’t understand why the district has chosen to close only one school over the past dozen years even as its enrollment has plunged by nearly 25 percent – from 10,218 to about 7,700."[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition O: To maintain and improve academic programs including math, science, music, arts, reading and writing; retain highly qualified teachers; provide clean and safe schools; and minimize future class-size increases; shall South Bay Union School District raise $1.7 million per year for four years through a parcel tax at a rate described in the voter pamphlet, provided there is independent citizens’ oversight and all funds are spent on neighborhood schools and cannot be taken by the State and used elsewhere?[4]

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