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School Board Keeps Parcel Tax Proposal

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The San Diego school board still plans to put a parcel tax on the November ballot, despite a move by the board president to remove it.

— The San Diego school board still plans to put a parcel tax on the November ballot, despite a move by the board president to remove it.

President Richard Barrera feared there wouldn't be support in the community to pass the tax, which requires a two-thirds majority, and he called a special meeting to possibly rescind it.

The parcel tax looked as though it may end up on the same ballot as a half-cent sales tax increase for the city of San Diego, but Barrera changed his mind. He said passing the parcel tax was worth the effort.

"I need to be honest with people supporting the parcel tax that it's going to be very difficult to get there," said Barrera. "But what you're hearing from parents, what you're hearing from people who care about our schools is we're willing to take on this fight, and so I'm willing to take it on with them."

The parcel tax would raise more than $50 million a year, for five years, in a district that faces state funding reductions and big budget cuts.

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