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Poll: Where Do You Stand on Measure M?

The local school parcel tax will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Board of Education members have been busy campaigning for a local parcel tax that would secure funding for the as it faces shrinking support from the state.

Measure M would replace two existing parcel tax measures, Measures P and V, with the same tax rate at $374 per parcel per year. Unlike Measures P and V, which are set to expire in 2013, Measure M has no expiration date. It will protect $7 million in local education spending, according to the district.

School board representatives recently visited and members to generate support for the measure. Rancho Palos Verdes Council members , and members of the Rolling Hills Estates Council voiced their earlier this week.

According to the district, Measure M in part will preserve advanced academic programs in math, science and technology, the retention of teachers and employees, up-to-date classroom technology, and smaller class sizes.

Palos Verdes residents can vote on the measure Nov. 8, but until then, voice your opinion here in our poll:

chuck October 21, 2011 at 08:32 PM
PVPUSD MEASURE M - The Permanent Parcel Tax Part 1 Citizens have received a mailing in support of the measure. Below are statements made in the mailing as well as counterpoints that citizens may consider. 1) "NO ARGUMENT Against Measure M was filed." Measure M has come as a surprise to people living in the district. How many citizens beyond the school board and close supporters knew this was coming out on the ballot? The second temporary parcel tax just recently passed in 2009. 2) “Measure M will NOT raise your tax rate.” This is very strange. The parcel owner already pays $374 flat per year under the existing two temporary parcel taxes. Permanent Measure M includes a potential annual inflation increase. Clearly, the absolute dollar level and the rate can change compared to existing temporary parcel taxes. see next post...
chuck October 21, 2011 at 08:37 PM
PVPUSD MEASURE M - The Permanent Parcel Tax Part 2 3) “protect property values” Sounds logical, but could it be the other way around? Good neighborhoods, which have many desirable qualities, produce good schools. Examples of important neighborhood qualities are crime rates, curb appeal, level of ownership, and traffic. 4) “Seniors are eligible for exemption” What a deal, especially if one believes the “protect property values” argument. Opt out and let your younger neighbor pay the tax. Where is the shared sacrifice in that? How would a senior feel if the roles were reversed? Parcel owners have been paying temporary PVPUSD parcel taxes since the 2003 election. The district has made tough choices. Unfortunately, just like a family or business faced with continued adversity, the district needs to make more in order to right size its budget. Is asking the district to further tackle the budget stresses unreasonable? The PVPUSD can certainly ask citizens to pass temporary parcel taxes in the future. These are the ARGUMENTS against Measure M, The Permanent Parcel Tax.
Heather Matson November 02, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Good schools cost money. Sacramento has cut district funds every year the last 4 years and many times prior. Our budget has shrunk by approximately $15million and yet we are still managing to produce college ready students. We are able to do so because of the local support of the Peninsula Education Foundation, PTAs, Booster Clubs, and our local parcel taxes. Without those parcel taxes the district will lose another $7.25 million in addition to what Sacramento slashes in the next round of cuts. It would be an unrealistic expectation for the Ed Foundation to even try to replace that amount of money and only PEF and parcel tax money can be used for salaries. The loss of 90 teachers alone would be devastating to our schools and it wouldn't end there. All monies raised would have to go to maintain our basic core curriculum with little or no dollars remaining to support the myriad of programs, both academic and extra curricular, that give our students the high quality education that better prepares them for success after leaving our schools. Measure M is one way to protect the quality of our schools. Don't shortchange the children by quibbling over a sunset date or perceived 'dishonesty' by the campaign. The bottom line is we have to educate our kids and we need stable, local funding to continue to do what is needed. I don't like taxes any more than the rest but I understand the pressing need. We don't 'want' Measure M, we NEED Measure M.
JB November 02, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Heather, you make it sound like Measure M is the only solution. I say "NO"! The current two parcel taxes expire in 2013 providing stable school funding and plenty of time for proponents of Measure M to come back with an honest proposal. Saddling home owners with a PERMANENT parcel tax that escalates EVERY year is unreal. As years go buy, Measure M will account for a larger and larger percentage of everyone's annual property tax. It's like paying school tuition that never ends. As mentioned before, Seniors better be prepared to file for an exemption annually or they too will be saddled with the tax. Interesting none of these facts are mentioned in the direct mailer I received this afternoon. The authors of Measure M continue to lie and I will not be a part of it.
RPV Resident November 08, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Before the Serrano decision and Prop 13, local school districts used to assess their own property taxes. Wealthier communities like PV gladly assessed themselves at property tax rates that were much higher than the current 1% cap. But under the current school finance system property taxes are just another state tax. School districts are now effectively wards of the state, and, frankly, the state treats PVPUSD like dirt. The parcel tax allows PV residents to make a direct investment in local schools, which not only provides a vital public service but strongly supports local property values. There is no equivalent tax that could be levied that could have a more direct and positive impact on our community and I gladly pay it. In fact, this tax has pretty much the best return on investment of any I’ve ever seen. I also fully support making this tax permanent because the cost of having to repeatedly hold elections to extend the tax materially reduces the amount that can be distributed to local schools.

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