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San Diego Unified has been kicking around the idea of a parcel tax to raise money for schools. Last August, it hired political consultant Larry Remer to research and do outreach on the idea. His findings will go before the school board on Tuesday, but here are some interesting bits from public surveys:

  • People who were polled seemed to favor the idea of a $98 per parcel tax that would expire after five years. Sixty four percent of them said they were at least leaning yes on the idea.
  • The sunset clause looks like it would be key: Only 58 percent would go for the parcel tax otherwise.
  • It takes a two-thirds vote to pass a parcel tax, so that wouldn’t put it in the clear, but it looks like a much more respectable margin than opponents might have predicted, especially just a few years after San Diego Unified passed a school construction bond.
  • As of October, 74 percent of respondents said the public schools have either great need or some need of funding. Preventing teacher layoffs was their top priority for using the funds.
  • The teachers union and the PTA ranked high as organizations that respondents found credible, according to the survey. At the bottom of the list? The Labor Council and the Union-Tribune. (How credible do people find VOSD? Who knows. We weren’t on the survey.)

Want to read more? You can check out the presentation that the San Diego Unified board will see on Tuesday here.

— EMILY ALPERT

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