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San Diego Schools Still Planning For Cuts Despite New Taxes

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Aired 12/12/12

California school districts can't count on increased funding from Proposition 30 yet. San Diego Unified will make preliminary plans to close an $84 million deficit.

— The San Diego school board will get its first look at next year’s budget Tuesday tonight. The district is looking at an $84 million shortfall. But the projections don’t include new revenues from Proposition 30.

California school districts have to submit their first financial plans for the next school year to the county offices of education by Saturday. For San Diego schools those plans include central office and school staffing reduction and selling district property to close the $84 million deficit.

But the outlook for next year is expected to improve when Governor Jerry Brown releases his proposed budget next month. That proposal should give the district an idea of how much its budget gap will be narrowed by revenues from Proposition 30, according to Bernie Rhinerson, San Diego Unified's chief of staff.

“How we would specifically address that really needs to wait until we know what the budget is in January," he said. "What we do know that’s different than previous years is that we expect it will get better. For the last five or six years at this point in time, we always knew things are getting worse.”

Money brought in by Proposition 30’s temporary sales and income tax increases must be spent on education. However the law does not guarantee increased schools funding if state revenues are flat or decrease overall.

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