SANTA MONICA/MALIBU : $10 Hike in Parcel Tax for Schools Proposed

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials will conduct public hearings this week and next month to discuss a proposed parcel tax increase.

A measure to institute a six-year hike in the parcel tax would be placed on the November ballot.

A panel of residents, business people and teachers recently proposed a $10 increase in the $58 tax, which is assessed on each parcel of property within district boundaries. The panel recommended the increase as an adjustment for inflation. The tax, which has been in effect since 1988, is scheduled to expire in June, 1995.

Arthur Cohen, the district's finance director, said the levy generates about $1.8 million annually to help pay for teachers' salaries, books, insurance and other operating costs.

The first hearing will be in Malibu on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the George F. Smith Auditorium, Hughes Research Lab, 3011 Malibu Canyon Road. Another hearing is scheduled for April 14 at 8 p.m. in the district's board room, 1651 16th St., Santa Monica.

The school board is expected to vote on the proposal April 14 after the public hearing.

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