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Parcel tax off November ballot after LA Unified school board vote



Several hundred people protested outside L.A. Unified headquarters at a board meeting earlier this year.
Several hundred people protested outside L.A. Unified headquarters at a board meeting earlier this year.
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The LAUSD school board unanimously voted today to remove the parcel tax from the November ballot after Superintendent John Deasy requested the district postpone its fund-raising effort until after the election.

The board voted 5-0 to remove the measure, after approving its placement on the ballot in March. School board members Steve Zimmer and Bennett Kayser were not present for the vote and the item passed without comment, said district spokesman Thomas Waldman.

A lot can change in just a few months. As the November ballot has grown crowded with multiple tax-raising initiatives, Deasy decided last week that L.A. Unified’s parcel tax might be one measure too many.

The parcel tax would have created dedicated education funding for a district that has experienced $2 billion in state funding cuts over the last four years. It would cost property owners $298 per year over five years to raise hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
But Deasy said it's important for voters to focus on Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative in November, which would raise sales tax and income tax on higher earners.

The governor and most education officials across the state are banking on its approval, otherwise education faces a dramatic $6 billion dollar cut under the governor’s current budget plan.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).