Measure E Renewal
For 30 years, our San Marino schools have relied on locally controlled parcel tax funds to attract and retain the best qualified teachers and counselors and protect our top-quality education programs.
Measure E, Our Locally Controlled Parcel Tax, is Set to Expire
Our parcel tax known as Measure E was passed in 2009 and overwhelmingly renewed by voters in 2015. This funding generates $4.1 million annually and is set to expire on June 30, 2021.
If Measure E expires, approximately $4.1 annually would have to be cut from the school district’s annual budget, requiring the District to lay off teachers and support staff, increase class sizes, and cut academic, athletic, and art programs.
To address funding concerns, on March 29, 2021, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a parcel tax renewal measure on the ballot for a June 29, 2021 special all-mailed ballot election. The renewal measure continues the annually adjusted, current base rate of $968 per parcel, per year and expires in six years.
Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers and Maintaining Strong Academics
If approved by 2/3 of local voters, the renewal measure would continue to:
- Keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom
- Keep instructional technology up to date
- Continue funding for advanced programs in math, science, engineering, tech and robotics
- Preserve small class sizes
- Maintain advanced and honors academic programs that prepare students for success
The measure continues strict fiscal accountability, including:
- The renewal measure would expire in six years
- All funding raised would benefit San Marino schools – funds cannot be taken by the state
- No funds would be used for administrator salaries
- Annual reports to the community would continue to be required
- An exemption for senior citizens and contiguous parcels would continue to be available
Voting in the Parcel Tax Renewal Election
The District worked with the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters’ office to qualify this measure for the ballot before Measure E expires. The special election will be held on June 29, 2021, and all voters living within the San Marino Unified School District will receive a ballot in the mail in early June. More information about voting will be made available at www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections.
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