The L.A. Unified school board will vote Tuesday on removing the parcel tax from the November ballot after Superintendent John Deasy requested the district postpone its fund-raising effort until after the election, a district spokesman said today.
The board approved placing the parcel tax on the ballot in March. It was supposed to help the district close its budget shortfall and provide reliable education funding in light of the constant state cuts. But over the last few months the November ballot has grown crowded with initiatives asking voters to raise taxes.
Last week Deasy expressed worry that this would jeopardize approval of Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative.
"We run a risk of having too many measures before the public," Deasy said in a statement
He said it is important for voters to focus on Brown's initiative, which will increase sales tax and income tax on higher earners. If Brown's measure does not pass, education will face a roughly $6 billion cut under the governor's proposed budget.
Another measure on the ballot, by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger, also seeks to increase taxes in order to fund schools.
The parcel tax would have cost property owners $298 a year for five years to raise about $255 million annually starting in 2013-14.