Pixel Tracker

Thursday, January 24 , 2019, 3:08 am | Fair 43º


Education Foundation Would Support Another Run at School Parcel Tax Measures

Encouraged by voter support for Measures W and X in last week's election, board members express interest in launching a second campaign

Though tired from months of hard work, Santa Barbara Education Foundation board members have decided they would run another parcel tax campaign if the school district asks them to do so.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Board of Education will meet Tuesday night to discuss the next steps for Measures W and X, which narrowly lost at the ballot box last week.

It was the third campaign by the Education Foundation for the district — the 2008 parcel tax measures and 2010 general obligation bond measures were easily passed by the community — and board president Lynn Rodriguez said the board had a long discussion about why these measures failed.

“We came to the conclusion that the major reason we lost, as we suspected might happen, is because it was a primary election with typically lower turnout and more conservative voters (less likely to support any tax),” she wrote in an email. “We had an uphill battle from the start, and we are grateful to have gotten as many votes as we did.”

Measure W, which applies to secondary schools in Santa Barbara and Goleta, received 64.8 percent approval, and Measure X, for elementary schools, got 65.7 percent approval, just short of the 66.66 needed for a two-thirds majority.

The current Measure H and I will expire next July, and replacing them — at a doubled rate, $54 per parcel instead of $23 and $27 — was seen as a way to save the music, arts and foreign language programs with $16 million over four years.

Rodriguez said no other fundraising efforts on the foundation’s part would be able to provide that level of financial support.

Godbe Research consultants suggested a push for June’s election given the competition in November by Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider planned to present tax-related initiatives in the fall as well, but she announced Tuesday that she has decided to push her efforts to the November 2013 city election.

In February, Schneider announced she would gather signatures for pension reform, a half-cent sales tax and business license tax initiatives. She wanted to pursue an advisory measure to split the revenues between the city and the school district.

The education community initially opposed the idea, worried that the plan would compete with June’s parcel taxes to guarantee millions of dollars for SBUSD funding, but many education leaders supported Schneider at Tuesday’s news conference.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.