Is A School Tax In Your Future?

A temporary parcel tax would raise money during a desperate time, supporters say

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    If you own your home, you could soon be paying a new tax to help ease the San Diego Unified School District's budget woes.

    The board is considering putting a tax initiative on the November ballot.

    The school district says a Temporary Emergency Parcel Tax measure would generate approximately $58 million in local funds that could only be used for specific educational purposes outlined in the ballot measure.

    The money is urgently needed to protect classroom education from past and future state budget cuts, according to supporters of the proposed 5-year tax.

    The district says nearly $400 million in budget cuts have been imposed on the district over the last three years -- and that's hurting students and teachers.

    In order to maintain educational programs and reasonable class sizes, the board is looking at all available revenue sources.

    A lengthy article on the measure on the district's website says the parcel tax is the only local funding option available to school districts to provide funds for operational purposes.

    To break it down -- here's how much the proposed tax could cost you:
    Single Family Residential: $98 per parcel
    Multi-Family Residential: $60 per unit
    Commercial/Industrial: from $450 to as much as $25,000

    There will be a public hearing on the issue at the school board meeting Tuesday, July 13.

    That meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium at school district headquarters.

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