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 County Board of Education Unanimously Supports Governor´s Proposed Tax Extension

​Citing its profound impact on children’s education, the San Diego County Board of Education Wednesday voted unanimously to support Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extension, which Brown is trying to place on a June statewide ballot.

Joining school districts throughout the state, the county board voted 5-0 in favor of its Resolution in Support of Placing a Revenue Extension Measure on the Ballot. The resolution stated that schools have taken a disproportionate share of the state’s recent budget cuts, and that funding has dropped more than $1,900 per-student in the last three years.

“It is imperative that the people of the State of California get the opportunity to vote on this issue, and it is equally imperative that the tax extensions are approved,” said board member Mark Anderson, who represents the North Inland region of the county.

Board members Sharon Jones, Jerry Rindone, John Witt and Board President Susan Hartley echoed Anderson’s sentiment, each stressing the importance of voters having the opportunity to decide the issue. Jones said it would be “a criminal act” for the legislature to deny voters the chance to decide the issue.

To avoid further cuts to education and other state programs, Brown proposes to extend income, sales and car taxes for five years. Without the tax extension, the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office said funding for California public schools would decrease by $2 billion for the 2011-12 school year.

Brown needs a two-thirds vote from each house of the state legislature in order for the tax extension to be placed before voters. With a stark, party-line divide in Sacramento, Brown is hoping to sway two Republican lawmakers from the state Senate and two from the state Assembly to qualify the measure.