to explore possible parcel tax

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is looking to explore the possibility of an emergency and temporary parcel tax to offset all or a portion of its budget deficit due to the state budget crisis.

At its July 16th meeting, the Board of Education approved the establishment of a Citizens Committee to examine the feasibility of placing an emergency and temporary parcel tax on a future ballot.

The committee will be responsible for reporting to the board with a recommendation regarding the feasibility of an emergency and temporary parcel tax; working with a polling firm to craft questions for community input; and working with the chief financial officer to determine the steps necessary to place a parcel tax on a future ballot or special election.

The committee’s report should be made no later than the December 10th board meeting.

The committee may also later examine the feasibility of a bond measure following recommendations regarding an emergency and temporary parcel tax.

The group will meet regularly through December 10th. The schedule of meetings will be determined at the committee’s first meeting and additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Members of the public who would like to serve on the committee need to complete an application, a link to which can be found in the bottom left-hand corner of the district’s Web site at

Completed applications can be emailed to, faxed to (310) 581-1138, or dropped off at the district office at 1651 16th St., Santa Monica. Completed applications must be submitted to the superintendent’s office no later than August 11th.

A subcommittee of the Board of Education will review the completed applications and bring forward a list of recommended committee members for board approv- al at the August 19th meeting.