South Pasadena Unified School District parcel tax, Measure S (June 2009)
Measure S asked voters to approve a four-year parcel tax of $288 for single parcels and $95 for each unit in four-plex parcels.
The Measure S tax was expected to generate about $1.8 million a year.
The election was conducted on a mail-in only basis.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final election results are from the Los Angeles County election office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure S: "To offset severe cuts in State funding for schools and protect the quality of education; to help prevent teacher layoffs, class size increases, and cuts including libraries, arts, music, and classroom academics, shall the South Pasadena Unified School District levy an annual special tax for four years at $95/unit in multi-unit parcels and $288 for other parcels, with a senior exemption; independent, citizens oversight committee; no funds for administrator salaries; and with every dollar staying in South Pasadena schools?"|
The South Pasadena school district failed to submit paperwork to the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office about the newly-approved tax. As a result, when property tax bills were mailed in October 2009, the bills sent to property owners in the district did not include a line item for the new Measure S tax.
School board President Elisabeth Eilers said "This happened at a time when we were going through a lot of changes at the district."
The district was forced to pay a vendor $15,000 to mail out supplementary bills to the district's property owners.
Ad for "Yes on S"
According to a local blog, those supporting Measure S were "way more organized" than those in opposition.
- Text of Measure S
- Measure S election results
- Measure S election information booklet
- Vote Yes on S!, website of supporters
- South Pasadena Education Foundation (timed out) information on Measure S
- Los Angeles Times, "Time to vote, again," June 2, 2009
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Los Angeles Times, "Parcel tax to help South Pasadena schools is a no-show on bills," November 27, 2009
- Ostrich Feeder, "Yes on S way more organized" (dead link)