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SCA 8: Local Control and Parcel Taxes (2005)


SCA 8 (2005) would have allowed local school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education to approve a local parcel tax with a 55 percent vote by the public, rather than the two-thirds majority currently required.  SCA 8 would not have raised taxes; it simply provides for local choice and control

The current state budget underfunds educational programs, and SCA 8 would have allowed local communities to augment their resources for direct education and support programs.  Utilizing the same voter threshold Californians recently approved for passing education facilities bonds, SCA 8 would have mitigated the current requirement that allows a small minority of voters to prevent a community from having the kind of school system that a majority of the community envisions.  These locally passed parcel taxes can have the added benefit of reconnecting local voters with their elected school officials; if local voters support the board’s agenda for use of the tax moneys, they can hold them directly accountable for using the resources as intended and for expected educational results.

Final Status and Text

SCA 8 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Did not pass the Legislature

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SCA 8

06/09/2011 - Waging a years-long battle for more school funding