If municipal history is any indicator, bond supporters will need all the help they can get. Voters have rejected parcel-tax measures for the Beverly Hills Unified School District three times in the last six years, although the school district came close to victory with 66.61% of the vote in 1990 and 63.3% in 1991. A two-thirds approval or 66.67% of votes is required to impose such a tax.
If approved, the bond would be payable by property owners based on assessed property value over a 35-year period beginning in 1995. The median cost for homeowners would be about $90 a year and is tax deductible.
Both sides agree that Beverly Hills schools have fallen into disrepair and schoolchildren have to endure leaky roofs, moldy carpets, cracked walls, 1929-era boilers and falling ceiling tiles. What they can't agree on is how to pay for repairs given the absence of state funding help.
Supporters argued before the council that residents must take the initiative and stop the decline by authorizing a bond earmarked only for school repairs.
Opponents contended that authorizing the bond would be like handing the school district a blank check, because they say it does not have enough controls on how the money will be spent. Others argued that the district overestimated how much money is needed for repairs, while still others testified that this bond proposal has significant technical flaws.
Council meetings this week:
* Beverly Hills: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 450 N. Crescent Drive. (310) 285-2400.
* Culver City: No meeting. (310) 202-5851.
* Los Angeles: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 200 N. Spring St. (213) 485-3126.
* Malibu: No meeting. (310) 456-2489.
* Santa Monica: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 1685 Main St. (310) 393-9975.
* West Hollywood: 7 p.m. Monday. West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. (310) 854-7460.
Contributing to this report were staff writers Ron Russell, Greg Krikorian and Alan C. Miller.