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School Board Looks to Sales Tax

Hermosa Beach Board of Education decides to send a letter to the city, requesting deliberation on a possible sales tax increase to benefit schools.

Following months of discussion regarding the financial future of Hermosa Beach public schools, the on Wednesday took the first step in a decision that could raise more funds for the .

The school board voted 3-1 to request that the city look into the legality of possibly putting a , which would benefit the district, up for a residential vote.

If it can be done, the possible sales-and-use tax measure would require a vote by the City Council and then the support of Hermosa Beach voters.

Board member Lisa Claypoole, who has been in support of pursuing a , cast the dissenting vote. Board member Jack Burns was absent at the meeting.

"There is some confusion in the state as to the legality of sales tax measures," said Superintendent Bruce Newlin at the board meeting.

He mentioned that increase in which the city and school district evenly share the proceeds. But for Hermosa Beach, all of the revenue from a proposed 1 percent increase in the city’s sales tax would benefit the school district.

Newlin said that the city attorney could address questions regarding the legality of proceeds benefiting solely Hermosa schools.

Would you support a higher sales tax to help the Hermosa Beach school district?

Tom F. October 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I could go along with it if I thought they'd drop it when the economy gets better.
Hany Fangary October 14, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I think a sales tax approach is a great way to provide funding for our schools, and to provide needed stability to our school district. I would definitely vote for that.
keith hart October 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM
An increase in sales tax will hurt local businesses. Why don't you access a fee on parents of students attending Hermosa schools. Parents would then be more likely to monitor school expenditures. Then hopefully, education funds wouldn't be squandered on pet projects like the school gym which contributed to this budget shortfall.

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