The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office has reminded South Pasadena residents of two important dates regarding Measure S: March 8 and March 12.
The last day to request a duplicate ballot for the Measure S parcel tax is Friday. The election is March 12. Unofficial results are expected just after 8 p.m., with certified results coming on March 22 and everything officially finalized on March 26. You may read more from the county here.
Voters are being asked to renew Measure S, which expires in June. If renewed, the five-year parcel tax will increase from $288 to $386 per unit (whether single home or apartment complex). Voters must approve the measure by a 66.7 percent majority. Back in 2009, more than two-thirds of voters approved it.
The money generated means about $2 million for South Pasadena Unified School District, administrators have said.
Back in December when the board approved the renewal, Assistant Superintendent Scott Price presented a budget report that showed a bleak financial future if the parcel tax fails: 39 positions would be eliminated, class sizes would increase and more programs would be cut.
Opponents argue that SPUSD, along with other California public schools, will receive new funding from Proposition 98 and 30. Resident against Measure S argue that the district's reserve funds exceed the state's mandated 3 percent.
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