Manhattan Beach Parcel Tax for Schools DefeatedJun 08, 2022 09:00AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Measure A, the proposed parcel tax to benefit Manhattan Beach schools, was defeated yesterday.
As of 8:30 on Wednesday morning, the vote count showed the vote at approximately 69 to 31 percent, with 4,830 opposed and 2,190 in favor.
The measure would have raised $1,095 (plus inflation, capped at the lesser of CPI or no more than 5% per year) per parcel over 12 years.
Supporters had said that it would bring the traditionally underfunded Manhattan Beach schools up to the average state funding. The 12-year time frame would have helped the schools maintain consistent funding until Manhattan Beach is expected to reach classification as a "basic aid" district (where it is able to keep its own tax revenues and not rely on variable state funding).
But opponents had argued that the tax was too much, for too long. They pointed to new and improved numbers from this year's May Revise that would give Manhattan Beach at least a one-year boost.
The measure had been brought forward by a citizens' group, rather than the school board, which meant that the measure would have required only a 50 percent vote for passage. Organizers collected 4,000 signatures in just nine days to secure a spot on the June ballot.
"This campaign inspired me, knowing that there are people out there wanting to better our education system," said Angie Smith, co-chair of MB Citizens for Schools, the committee backing the measure. "We fell short in the end result, but the journey was nothing short of remarkable. I am so very proud of everyone who contributed their time and energy into Yes on A."
Meanwhile, the "No" side had proposed waiting on another parcel tax at least until after November's school board elections, or until the current parcel tax, Measure MB, expires in 2024.
"I really hope this leads to a more inclusive school board and more collaboration with the community going forward," said Tiffany Wright, a Manhattan Beach parent who was one of the leaders on the "No" side.