Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/16/2010 01:14:36 PM PDT

POMONA – A decision on whether to place a parcel tax measure before voters in the Pomona Unified School District in November has been postponed for at least two weeks.

The item was pulled off Wednesday’s Board of Education agenda after a district lawyer determined a public hearing on the item had not been properly noticed, Superintendent Richard Martinez said.

The district had inadvertently failed to publish a notice in a local paper that the hearing would take place, but arrangements were being made to have an announcement published by Monday at the latest and schedule a school board meeting for early August, Martinez said.

The district has until Aug. 6 to submit documentation to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office to get the proposal on the fall ballot, Martinez said.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Associated Pomona Teachers President Tyra Weis told board members the district should include language in the ballot measure that states money raised through a parcel tax would not be used to pay administrator salaries or consultants.

“If they add those two, teachers are more likely to support it,” Weis said.

Board President Richard Rodriguez said after the meeting that the changes Associated Pomona Teachers requested are workable.

“I think we can support that,” he said.

“We need them. They’re members really get out there,” Rodriguez said referring to the campaigning efforts of the teachers group.

“We certainly hope our employees unions will back us.”

In November 2008, Associated Pomona Teachers supported Measure PC. The voter approved bond measure raised $235 millions for renovations and upgrades to district schools.

The proposed parcel tax would be used to pay for academic programs, along with counseling, library services, health services, athletics, visual and performing arts as well as teachers offering those.

Passing the proposed measure would require the approval of a two-thirds majority of district voters.

It approved, property owners would pay $98 per parcel annually for four years.

A parcel tax is levied on any property that is assessed by the Los Angeles County tax collector.

Multi-family residential properties with two to four units would pay $196 a year, according to district information.

Multi-family residential properties with five or more units would pay $490 a year.

Carla Quezada, a representative of the Pomona chapter of California School Employees Association, told board members that if they places a parcel tax on the ballot “We will review it and then take a position,” she said.

District leaders received information from a consultant some time ago on parcel taxes, Rodriguez said.

“He told us many other districts are trying to do this,” Rodriguez said.

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