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School Parcel Tax May Be On Davis Ballot

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tomorrow night, Board of Education President Richard Harris will tell his colleagues how he thinks the city should deal with decreasing state education dollars.

"More cuts come and you know I just decided to take a look at it and say 'let's go to the voters and ask them to fund exactly what we need.'"

What they need, Harris says, is to restore $3.5 million in cuts made earlier this year and come up with another $3.5 million in case Governor Jerry Brown's statewide tax increases fail. His solution is a $642 annual parcel tax.

Harris says he's already gotten positive feedback from some in the community.

"People get it, especially if the November tax fails and we're able to put in a local tax for local control, Davis schools will stand high on a hill."

If voters approve Brown's tax increases, the Davis parcel tax would be reduced.

To be able to qualify for the November ballot, the school board will need to approve the proposal by the end of this month.  

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