The Santa Monica College District Board of Trustees has unanimously supported the city of Santa Monica’s Measures Y and YY, which will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Measure Y proposes a half-cent transaction and use tax within Santa Monica, and Measure YY is an advisory initiative regarding how the tax proceeds would be allocated.
If approved, Measure Y would generate approximately $12 million annually to the city, while Measure YY advises the city to use half the money for educational programs and the other half for general city services such as police, fire and public transit.
In its resolution supporting the measures, the college board indicated that the state’s “persistent operating deficits” have “led to reduced funding for the city of Santa Monica and to counties and school and community college districts. . . with no end in sight.”
The resolution states that over the past six years, Sacramento has slashed funding to the city by more than $40 million, impacting the police department, Meals on Wheels and other programs. In addition, the resolution says local schools have experienced 20-percent cuts from the state, resulting in the elimination of more than 62 teaching and staff positions, an increase in class size, and cuts to music and core academic programs.
“Measure Y provides a mechanism to protect all of our services for the long term,” the board resolution states.
“Measure Y generates new revenue that Sacramento cannot touch; it gives our community local control over money that is generated locally. Without Measure Y, vital services, such as 911 services, paramedics and police, school and community college funding face serious cuts.”