San Francisco Voters Considering Parcel Tax To Save City College

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Dozens of San Francisco City College supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to urge passage of a parcel tax to ward off class closures.

City College students and teachers joined labor, community activists and politicians supporting Proposition A. The $79 parcel tax would be on the books for eight years if approved.

The school is struggling financially and is having accreditation problems. City College Trustee John Rizzo said he has had to cut more than $50 million from the school’s budget in the past three years.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“This is wrong. It’s harmful to our students; it’s harmful to our economy. We cannot keep going this way,” said Rizzo.

“City College is the most vital educational institution we have in San Francisco,” said Supervisor John Avalos.

“Yes on City College, Yes on Prop [A]. We love City College,” said Supervisor David Chiu.

City College faces a loss of accreditation for overspending and poor fiscal management. So far there has been little opposition to the tax measure.

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