Braving the rain, students, parents, and community members showed up in force at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night to show their support for the parcel tax measure known as Measure MB.
At Tuesday night's meeting, more than three dozen residents showed up with "Yes on MB" signs. Several spoke during the public portion of the meeting to express their support for the measure.
A "yes" vote on Measure MB would extend the current parcel tax at the
current fixed rate of $225 per parcel for six additional years to
benefit Manhattan Beach public schools.
original Measure MB, a locally controlled
funding source for Manhattan Beach schools, was passed in 2018
with 68.32 percent of the vote. The funding generated by Measure MB has
yielded approximately $2.5 million per year, sustaining more than 20
teaching and staff positions, as well as essential programs. The parcel
tax will automatically expire in June
The new Measure MB ballot argument,
submitted on December 14, calls for the renewal of the parcel tax,
highlighting its impact on preserving quality education, retaining
highly-qualified teachers, and supporting the educational experience for
students in Manhattan Beach. The passage threshold for this ballot
measure is ⅔ or 66.7% of the vote.
currently provides for an exemption for homeowners ages 65 and over.
That exemption will renew automatically with the measure.
(Photos courtesy of MB News, Amy Howorth, Nina Tarnay, and Madeline Kaplan.)