The state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is asking its voters to approve a special tax in a June 4 election.
That’s not unusual. Throughout California, school districts, cities, counties and other units of local government are loading up local ballots with tax proposals, either sales taxes or “parcel taxes,” a form of taxing property that avoids constitutional limits on conventional property taxes.
Despite the state’s high-flying economy, which is producing record amounts of tax revenue, local government and school officials are feeling the pinch of rapidly increasing pension costs and health care for current and retired workers.
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