Three months after voters rejected a parcel tax measure, John Swett school district officials are considering another proposal in May but this time are asking property owners for less.

The latest plan calls for a $75 parcel tax on residential property for four years and a cent per square foot on industrial and commercial property. A two-thirds vote would be needed to pass.

The school board is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 400 Parker Ave. in Rodeo before deciding whether to hold a special May 3 mail election.

School district officials say they need a stable source of funding to pay for education and can no longer count on the state, which is reeling from its own deficit and resorting to massive budget cuts. Funds from John Swett's proposed tax measure would be used to pay for academic programs, computers, music, arts and teachers.

Voters in November rejected Measure J, which would have levied $96 per year on residential, agricultural and vacant parcels and 1.5 cents per square foot on commercial properties.

Measure J, which was to raise $1.7 million per year for four years, garnered 56 percent of the vote.

The ConocoPhillips refinery in Rodeo opposed the measure, saying it placed an unfair burden on businesses.