Monrovia School Closures Possible If Tax Measure Fails

If voters don't approve Governor Jerry Brown's tax measure in November, the Monrovia Unified School District must consider drastic cuts to make up for an expected $2.5 million budget deficit.

The will face a $2.5 million budget deficit and could be forced to close schools if voters don't pass the governor's tax measure in November, according to a district agenda report.

The district drew up a contingency plan to deal with the loss of $441 per student if the tax measure fails, and one of the options on the table is closing schools. The move would save the district about $500,000, according to district estimates.

The district agenda report for Wednesday's meeting does not specify which schools would be considered for closure.

Closing schools is just one of many last-ditch options the district would have to look at if Governor Jerry Brown's "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012" fails on Nov. 6. The initiative would raise taxes for Californians making more than $250,000 per year.

In addition to school closures, the district could also lay off 13 or 14 full time employees, which would save about $768,000 under the contingency plan. Other cuts of last resort include eliminating home-to-school bus service and eliminating district contributions to secondary athletics.

If MUSD were to go through with all of the contingency options while also increasing attendance, the district would scrape together about $1.9 million in increased revenue and savings, about $600,000 less than its projected deficit.

R. Ray Morford June 24, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Thanks Richard.....you hit the nail on the head. Our leaders in Sacramento are beholden to corrupt Unions and those who believe they have the right to receive handouts. It's the culture of big government who continues to feed the pig trough. I REPEAT....we must stop sending these idiots to Sacramento and Washington D.C.
Tom Adams June 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Actually, the new plan does require an increase in sales taxes for the entire state, something even the poorest of the poor will have to pay. The sad part is that based on the California Department of Finance information, Caliofnria will spend more next fiscal year than they ever have in history, it just isn't going to the schools as much as most of us would prefer. The Gov and Legislature get to pick the winners and the losers in their spending plan. Looking at the General Fund and Special Funds in California, we are online to spend $132 Billion Dollars next year which is $10 Billion more than last.
Ellen Zunino June 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yes, I'm getting tired of being threatened and extorted every time some fiscal measure is on the ballot but I'm more annoyed by the fact that CA is the only oil and natural gas producing state that has no extraction taxes. Alaska's taxes on oil and natural gas production amount to 25% of the state's revenues - in addition to the yearly set-aside that's dispensed to every resident. Sarah Palin negotiated the last increase in these taxes when she was governor. Every state that's known for oil/gas production and is politically conservative - Texas, Wyoming, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, etc. - benefits from taxing both the property of the energy companies and the natural resources pumped out of the ground within state boundaries. It's about time that the GOP members of the CA legislature stopped acting so high and mighty and helped bring us up to par with the other oil and natural gas producing states.
Danielle Corona June 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Once again, schools are being held hostage to: either vote for my tax increase, or I'll cut your teachers, police and/or fire. The truly pathetic thing is, Gov. Brown will, instead of cutting any of the wasteful spending they are guilty of. So, what choice do we have? None. Another BIG f.u. from our state gov't.
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