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Students, Parents Stand Up In Support of Measure MB

Feb 07, 2024 02:11PM ● By Mb News Staff
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.

Measure MB is a local parcel tax renewal appearing on the March 5 ballot.


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. 


 

The 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 2024.

 

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.


Measure MB 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.)




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