….Torgan’s stand against taxation included a potential future measure that would preserve an existing parcel tax in Malibu should the schools in Malibu and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles succeed in a current effort to split from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
According to a presentation by SMMUSD Chief Financial Officer Jan Maez, the proposed Malibu district would start with an estimated $2.35 million structural deficit, something the parcel tax would eliminate.
However, the tax would expire when the new district formed unless a legislator passed a very limited law allowing it to stand.
Both Bloom and Osborn expressed doubts that a second district would be beneficial to students because of the increased overhead costs, and said they would have to be convinced otherwise to take on the bill.
Only Butler gave an unreserved “yes,” provided that the two proposed districts felt that it would be the best for both of them.
“I would be honored to carry their legislation,” Butler said.
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