Brisbane voters considering tax to save teachers

April 5, 2012 11:10:45 AM PDT
Brisbane voters are being asked to approve a new tax to save the jobs of one-third of their teachers.

The Brisbane Elementary School District says it will have to lay off that many teachers unless voters approve a $156 annual parcel tax in a special election next Tuesday. Homeowners over 65 could opt out.

The tax requires a two-thirds yes vote to pass. The board says it is facing a $500 million deficit. It is considering a merger with neighboring Bayshore School District.