Parcel Tax Measure To Fund LAUSD Goes Down To Resounding Defeat

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Measure EE, the parcel tax measure put on the ballot by L.A. Unified School District leaders looking for a new funding stream overwhelmingly failed at the polls on Tuesday night. 

The measure, which would have imposed a tax of 16 cents per square foot on some commercial and residential properties, needed approval from two-thirds of the voters, but less than half cast a ballot in favor of the parcel tax. 

Now, LAUSD will have to find a new way to pay for the promises it made to settle the January teachers strike, including union demands for lower class sizes and hiring new staff. District leaders have until July 1 to submit a balanced three-year budget to county regulators, who are increasingly worried about the district’s finances.