United Teachers of Pasadena Reaffirms Support of Pasadena City Sales Tax Ballot Measures

Funds generated by Measure J should be used in part to attract and retain quality teachers and support staff to Pasadena Unified, the union said

Published : Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 7:47 PM

The United Teachers of Pasadena issued a statement Sunday evening reaffirming its support for passage of Measures I and J on the November 6 ballot.

The union originally endorsed both measures last August.

If approved, Measure I would generate about $21 million each year through a ¾ cent municipal sales tax increase, and Measure J would advise the Pasadena City Council to apportion one-third (about $7 million per year) to the Pasadena Unified School District.

“Both Measures I and J will provide funding for supporting quality public schools, improving neighborhood and school safety, and maintaining after-school programs,” the union statement said.

United Teachers of Pasadena President Alvin Nash said the funds generated by Measure J should not be used by the School District to shore up the Fiscal Stabilization Plan required by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Instead, Nash said, the funds generated by Measure J should be used in part to attract and retain quality teachers and support staff to Pasadena Unified by providing competitive salaries and health benefits to all employee groups in the District.

“In the interest of fiscal integrity and transparency, it would be appropriate for a Stakeholders Oversight Committee to be appointed to monitor the expenditure of Measure J funds,” Nash said Sunday.

Measures I and J are not a property tax on homeowners and do not apply to food purchased as groceries or prescription medication, Nash pointed out.

Measure J would benefit the entire District, even schools located outside the City of Pasadena, he said.

“Altadena and Sierra Madre have few retail outlets, and those residents shop, work, and dine in Pasadena, so everyone contributes,” Nash said.

The election will be held November 6, 2018.

 

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