Keep local taxes for local schools – support proposed ballot measure

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The parent activists who formed Educate Our State say it’s time for the state to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. Peter, stuff in their view, for sale being the schools and the theft being billions in property taxes.

The San Francisco-based parent organization is circulating an initiative for the November ballot that it says would sever budget machinations that have contributed to school districts’ and community colleges’ financial distress since the Great Recession and leave them vulnerable when the next economic downturn comes.

The nine-page ballot measure, involving a constitutional amendment and four statutory changes, would delve into the complexities of the “triple flip” of 2004 and other clever financing moves that legislators invented while playing a shell game with shrinking public money. But the result of the initiative, “Protection of Local School Revenues Act of 2014,” would be simple: permanently return about $7 billion in property taxes that school districts would have had this year if then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature hadn’t shifted the money to cities and counties to cover, in turn, what the state owed to them. The ballot measure would prevent the state from tampering with school districts’ property taxes in the future. Voters already have given cities and counties that protection; they did that by passing Proposition 1A in 2004.

Read more at EdSource:  http://edsource.org/today/2014/proposed-initiative-would-give-school-districts-back-their-property-taxes/57649

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