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Political Analysis: San Diego Unified Explores a Parcel Tax

A parcel tax is the worst possible choice to finance anything other than parcel-related services. It's unfair to the poor because a cottage in City Heights will be assessed the same fee as a beach house in La Jolla. It's unfair to the middle class because it is not, unlike ad valorem property taxes, deductible from income tax liability. It's unfair to condo conversions, which make many parcels out of one apartment building.

Assuming that the school district can make the case for more tax money, an increase in the property tax rate would be a much better choice. Voters can override the 1%+bond service limit of Prop 13 just as easily as imposing a parcel tax, and that's what the district (and perhaps the City as well) should pursue in order to have local control over the funding of local services.

July 22, 2009 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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