You know a tax is really bad if government school districts understand it will harm children. Imagine a tax that harms all property owners AND government—wow—this is a miracle.
“The county’s Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure is meant to clear polluted waters, but educators say the plan will drain millions of dollars from cash-strapped schools.
Under the plan, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is proposing an annual fee for all property owners to help clean up polluted waterways and recharge groundwater supplies.
School districts across the county are opposing the plan, saying the fee could cost districts countywide about $14 million a year – resulting in the loss of up to 200 teachers. This would be a significant financial burden to schools already struggling under years of state funding cuts, district officials say.”
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By Kelly Puente, Daily News, 12/25/12
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The fees are based on the size of each property, how it’s used, and the percentage of property covered in hard surfaces, which causes water runoff. The average single-family home would be charged about $54 annually, while 75 percent of commercial properties would be charged $420 or less. Typical “big box” stores or other large retailers would see a fee of about $11,000 per year.
L.A. County’s Flood Control District says the fees are necessary to treat storm-water runoff and increase groundwater supplies that can be used for drinking water.
The county’s two largest school districts – Los Angeles Unified and Long Beach Unified – would see significant costs. Los Angeles is slated to pay $4.8 million annually, while Long Beach would be charged $715,000.
Last week, the Long Beach Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to officially oppose the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure.