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BHUSD Likely to Delay Parcel Tax Plan

With potential financial support from the city and the state's tax law in flux, the school board is reconsidering a vote to put a parcel tax on the March 2013 ballot.

The Board of Education is expected at its Tuesday meeting to drop plans to put a parcel tax on the March 2013 ballot. Instead it will likely seek a city-wide special election on the parcel tax next June.

“I am OK delaying,” board President Brian Goldberg said about postponing the parcel tax. He has been the chief proponent of such a tax, saying it would reduce the Beverly Hills Unified School District’s dependence on state funds. The board is already preparing for $3.5 million in potential programing cuts for the 2013-14 school year in anticipation of reduced state funding.

“People must understand that as long as we are on the state’s dime for any money, we are at their whim,” Goldberg said. “Parcel tax money is raised locally and stays local.”

The board voted 3-2 at its Nov. 13 meeting to direct district staff to prepare a parcel tax of not more than $499 for the March ballot, with a final vote on its approval for the ballot scheduled for Tuesday’s board meeting. But recent news that the city has a budget surplus and may give funds to the school district has reduced some of the urgency for the tax.

Another factor behind the expected parcel tax delay, sources tell Patch, is the realization that California tax laws may change now that Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both the Assembly and the State Senate. The Nov. 5 elections gave Democrats a supermajority in both houses for the first time in more than 100 years.

Under current law, a parcel tax must pass by a two-thirds majority of voters. But Democratic lawmakers may reduce the majority needed to pass a parcel tax. A Nov. 13 column in The Sacramento Bee predicts that California legislators will cut the parcel tax passage requirement to 55 percent of voters.

The agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting includes a discussion and possible vote on placing a parcel tax on the March ballot. It is not clear if the board will still hold a vote, although it is expected there will be discussion on the topic.

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Andrea Fine November 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Shhh...don't tell anyone, keep it under wraps. The BoE is planning on placing a parcel tax for May 6th onto tonight's agenda. What election is on May 6th. Will this be a special election that will cost the District $$$$$. Did they get advice from counsel to pay for this out of Measure E Bond Money trough. Do we really trust the BoE with another $500/parcel to spend wildly on 900/hr attorneys/PR/lobbyists to fight MTA? Also, buried in the agenda is a plan by President Goldberg to have the Board pass a resolution which will scoop money out of Measure E and give it to the City toward construction of the new Roxbury Community Center and in return have the City write annual checks toward the JPA General Fund for an additional $3Million/yr. So... The Measure E School Bond funds pays the City and the City returns those funds and more back to the Schools General Fund so the District can pay their debt service of $3Million. Sounds like a Ponzi to me. If the City Council goes along with this scheme then they should be recalled. Clever move...I predict this will be discussed at midnight... and which of the numerous School District Attys signed off of this laundering scheme. check out the "Now therefore..." paragraphs in the Resolution and see for yourself. http://beverlyhills.csbaagendaonline.net/cgi-bin/WebObjects/beverlyhills-eAgenda.woa/wo/4.0.7.1.3.0.0.7.3.1.27.9.0.4.1.1.1.0.3.1.0.0.1.0
Andrea Fine November 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Resolution for Nov. 27 School Board Agenda XVIII. DISCUSSION ON ITEMS REQUESTED BY BOARD MEMBERS a. MEASURE E/JPA CONSIDERATIONS (Dr. Goldberg)
Laurie Lande November 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
@Andrea, Patch will be watching to see if a special election is planned. Please note that I spoke to President Goldberg and the item you mention in the agenda is being pulled. He told me the board will not be considering that resolution.
Andrea Fine November 28, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Thanks for the information Laurie. Glad it was being pulled. It would be interesting however to know why it was being pulled after it was already placed on the agenda for vote and presumably the Supt. had vetted it though the lawyers. Didn't they have an attorney write the resolution? Or was it the heat in the community about the money transfer scheme. I am glad that President Goldberg pulled his recommended resolution. Also, thank you for keeping tabs on any pending special elections.... You do a very good job Ms. Lande.... thank you!

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