South Pasadena voters have renewed the parcel tax for another five years, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office.
As of 8:15 p.m., with 21 of 21 precincts reporting, 73.35 percent of residents voted to approve the tax, which has increased from $288 to $386 per unit (whether single home or apartment complex), while 26.65 voted against the South Pasadena Unified School District measure.
The money generated means about $2 million for the district, officials have said. Back in December when the board voted to put the renewal on the ballot, Assistant Superintendent Scott Price presented a budget report that showed a bleak financial situation if the parcel tax fails: 39 positions would be eliminated, class sizes would increase and more programs would be cut.
Last month, South Pasaena City Council supported the district's measure 5-0. Councilman Philip Putnam pointed out a that a quality public school system has a huge impact on the quality of life of a city. "This is a city issue, not just a school issue,'' he said.