By Jon Coupal | In its flailing effort to impose a $500 million dollar annual parcel tax on the property owners who live within its boundaries, the Los Angeles Unified School District has mailed out — at taxpayer expense, of course — a letter advertising how seniors can apply for an exemption to the tax.
This is the latest desperate attempt by LAUSD to fool voters into approving Measure EE. But, like other tactics of LAUSD’s political campaign, it is bound to backfire.
This latest campaign mailer adds to the increasing controversy surrounding Measure EE. Already under a cloud of litigation for violations of the Elections Code and the Brown Act, the negative press on the parcel tax proposal continues to mount. But with every new scandal, the district doubles down on its effort to secure voter approval over the objections of community groups, taxpayers and a nearly unanimous business community.
Back to the exemption. Homeowners in the district received the letter directly from LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner entitled “Important Measure EE Senior Exemption Information for Homeowners Age 65 and Older.” Accompanying the letter was an application form that senior homeowners could fill out and submit by July 1st (less than a month after the election).
As far as anyone can determine, this is the first time in California history that an application for an exemption to a parcel tax has been mailed out by a school district, prior to the election approving or rejecting the tax being held! By sending out what is clearly designed to be a campaign mailer disguised as “information” about an exemption, the district is attempting to assuage the concerns of seniors who will be subject to the tax.
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