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
“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.