Thursday night, Sacramento City Unified School District Trustees will consider backing two statewide tax measures that would provide the district with millions in extra funding.
One ballot initiative, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would hinge on a quarter-cent-per-dollar sales tax hike, as well as an income tax increase for those making $250,000 or more per year.
Brown has wide support for the initiative, which would also provide funding for law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A second, competing intiative would spread an income tax increase among most Californians.
Things will get ugly at Rosemont's public schools if both initiatives fail, according to a staff report for Thursday's meeting of the Board of Education.
"If neither of the statewide education funding initiatives ... qualify for the November ballot or are not approved by a majority of the voters, the District’s deficit for next year is estimated to be a minimum of $43 million which will include personnel and program reductions, increased class sizes, and the elimination of sports, yearbook, drama, cheerleading, newspaper, speech and debate activities," the report states.
If one of the tax initiatives passes, the district would only be about $28 million in the hole–"depending on which of the funding initiatives is passed."
, 71 percent of respondents said they were opposed to a sales tax hike to fund schools.
Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting
6:30 p.m. Thursday
Serna Center - 5735 47th Ave.
Rosemont, what do you think of the tax initiatives? Would you pay more if it would go to schools and public safety? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.