The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has decided not to take a position on Measure T, a Nov. 3 ballot measure that would assess properties $92 a year for five years in the Long Beach Unified School District.
The initiative, which seeks to raise $12.5 million a year for five years, would help restore some of the state-mandated funding cuts to the LBUSD.
Anti-tax groups have opposed the measure, arguing that property owners are already paying LBUSD assessments for building projects.
"The Long Beach Chamber has a long-standing position of supporting LBUSD and its endeavors," the chamber said in its decision to remain neutral on the measure. "The chamber is committed to supporting education for our students today which leads to innovation, economic development, and ultimately wealth creation in the future. Fundamentally, an educated workforce is essential to success in the business community.
"Conversely, a primary concern to the Chamber is fairness: the parcel tax would apply only to owner-occupied single-family homes, not to renters and not to those over the age of sixty-five. Thus, the tax base appears to be narrow compared to those who would directly benefit, which in particular may include many who rent their homes."