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  • Shellie Wiener
    Legislative Alert June 12, 2009 SCA 6:  Lowering the Threshold for Local School Parcel Taxes Please ask your state senator to vote Aye SCA 6 (Simitian) is a
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      Legislative Alert

      June 12, 2009

      SCA 6:  Lowering the Threshold
      for Local School Parcel Taxes

      Please ask your state senator to vote 'Aye'

      SCA 6 (Simitian) is a bill that lowers the threshold for passing local school parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds majority.  A parcel tax is essentially the only way that local school districts can raise funds for school programs.
       
      California State PTA has a strong support position on SCA 6, as it reflects the resolution on this subject passed by Convention delegates in May 2008.
       
      The bill has passed through committee and will be heard on the Senate floor possibly as soon as Monday, June 15.
       
      We need your help!  Please call, e-mail or fax your state senator immediately and urge him or her to vote yes on SCA 6.  Also, please forward this email to anyone who cares about school funding.
       
      Suggested talking points include:
      • SCA 6 is important because local school parcel taxes are essentially the only tool that California school districts have at their disposal to supplement funding from the state.
         
      • California's schools are chronically underfunded, and this year's budget cuts are unprecedented. Local control options are urgently needed.
      • Voters have shown in past elections that they are willing to lower the threshold for education measures.  In 2000, Proposition 39 reduced the threshold for local school facilities bond measures.  As a result, school facilities have improved dramatically throughout the state.  A similar threshold reduction is needed for school programs.
      To find contact information for your senator, please click here.


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