If San Diego Unified cancels its plans for a parcel tax, it will be dropping an idea it’s already put serious money into: The school district has spent $130,000 exploring the idea.

That covers the district’s roughly year-long agreement with consultant Larry Remer, who did polling and community outreach on the parcel tax. It doesn’t count the time school district staff spent presenting the idea to the community and building this website.

The push for a parcel tax was supposed to mobilize every supporter the school district had. School board President Richard Barrera, who will ask the school board to withdraw the parcel tax, said the time and money were still worthwhile.

“To not explore a parcel tax would not have been doing our due diligence,” Barrera said. He also said the campaign could be revived as soon as next year.

— EMILY ALPERT

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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