Bonta’s First Bill Protects School District Funding

Monday, January 7, 2013

(Oakland-CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud today to introduce his first measure in the Assembly. The bill, AB 59, clarifies that existing law authorizes school districts to assess parcel taxes in accordance with uniform property classifications. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after introducing AB 59:

“While Proposition 30 has temporarily slowed our state’s financial bleeding, local school districts are still suffering from years of cuts, and we must ensure all opportunities are available to them. Our state and our school districts are not in a position to wait.

“AB 59 clarifies existing revenue options for local school districts so they can continue providing educational opportunities in the face of ongoing state budget difficulties.  This will have significant public policy and budget implications for school districts throughout the state.

“Prior to coming to the Assembly, I committed to championing the fight to fully fund our schools. This is my first measure of many others to ensure schools have every option available to them to educate the children of California,” Bonta concluded.

AB 59 clarifies existing law by stating that school districts are allowed to assess parcel taxes in accordance with rational classifications among taxpayers or types of property within a district, as long as the taxes are applied uniformly within those classifications.

Elected in 2012, Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta is the Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.  He serves on the following Assembly Committees:  Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting.

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