Pomona Unified School District parcel tax, Measure SS (November 2010)
The parcel tax would have been $96/year for single-family residential properties, lasting for four years. During the four years, it would have generated about $4 million/year for the district. Multi-family properties with two to four units would have paid $192 a year. Properties with 5 or more units would have paid $480/year.
Results are from the Los Angeles County election results website, as of November 11, 2010.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- A committee called the "Committee for Successful Schools" supported the measure. Micheal Phillips, a member of the group, said that the money raised by Measure SS, if it passed, would support academic programs.
- The editorial board of the Pasadena Star-News endorsed Measure SS, saying, "Without a doubt, this large school district is hurting from the recession and the resulting funding decreases from the state. Pomona Unified faced likely budget cuts of $15 million in 2011-12 and another $35 million in 2012-13, according to Martinez. Measure SS wouldn't fill the whole gap, but it would soften what would otherwise be a devastating blow. Infusions of federal cash forestalled fiscal disaster and mass teacher layoffs for the district last year and this year, but no one foresees help from that direction next year."
Associated Pomona Teachers, the union representing teachers in the district, declined to support Measure SS. The union position on Measure SS is related to ballot language that allows the school district to spend Measure SS funds on consultants. Tyra Weis, president of the union, said that it has "been our on-going mantra" to avoid spending district money on consultants.
Andrew Wong, a member of the Pomona Unified School District's board, opposed Measure SS.
He said, "I don't support the parcel tax ... It just delays the financial challenge that we have. We need real solutions...We shouldn't use these Band-aid measures and put an additional burden on our taxpayers. We just need to make very hard decisions."
Brown Act violation
The board of the Pomona Unified School District wrote a letter acknowledging that the board did not comply with the provisions of the state's Brown Act governing open meetings when it put Measure SS on its agenda.
San Dimas resident Gil Aguirre and his attorney, Kelly Aviles, brought the violation to the attention of the board. Aguirre wrote to the board in August 2010 saying that they violated the state's Brown Act when they conducted a closed-door session to discuss placing Measure SS on the ballot.
Path to the ballot
The vote on the Board of Trustees of the Pomona Unified School District to refer the parcel tax measure to the ballot was 3-2. Board members Jason Rothman and Andrew Wong are the two board members who cast opposing votes.
- Daily Bulletin, "Pomona district votes to put parcel tax measure on November ballot", August 6, 2010
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, "Voters to cast vote on parcel tax", October 27, 2010
- Pasadena Star-News, "Our View: Consider voting yes for Pomona schools parcel tax", October 25, 2010
- Contra Costa Times, "Teachers say they won't work in support of Pomona's parcel tax measure on next month's ballot", October 14, 2010
- Contra Costa Times, "Pomona school board admits error", October 9, 2010