SAN DIEGO—San Diego Unified School District officials Wednesday will have to begin looking for other ways to balance the books, with voters rejecting a proposed parcel tax on all properties within the district's boundaries.
Proposition J would have imposed a $98 annual levy on homeowners, $60 for each unit of multi-family housing and $450 on commercial/industrial properties.
Supporters said the parcel tax would provide a consistent stream of local funding that can't be affected by the whims of Sacramento legislators.
The SDUSD faces an estimated $141 million budget shortfall next year.
Proposition J was withdrawn by board President Richard Barrera in July because of potential conflicts with another ballot measure to raise the sales tax in the city of San Diego. That measure, Proposition D, also failed to garner enough support.