Prop. 88: What's It All About?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Prop. 88 would create a 50 dollar tax parcel tax for most California property owners. The legislative analyst’s office estimates it would generate 450 million dollars a year for public schools.  Paul Mitchell with Edvoice, which supports 88, says the measure would fund the things people care about:

“When voters read this, they say oh, it pays for textbooks, school safety, class size reduction, oh, it doesn’t cost billions of dollars.

The size of the tax is a negative for some opponents, like the state P-T-A, which claims 88 will do too little – and hurt future funding efforts.  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association also opposes the measure – but for different reasons.  President Jon Coupal says it’s unfair:

"Because it is a parcel tax, a very modest home would get hit by the exact same amount as an oil refinery.”

Other opponents include the California Democratic and Republican parties.