The difficulty arises with how they are redistributed and how uneven that redistribution is. For instance, Glendale receives approximately 12 cents back on every dollar collected on Glendale property taxes. Our adjacent cities receive differing amounts on the dollar. Burbank gets back about 18 cents on the dollar, and Pasadena receives about 24 cents on the dollar. This unequal allotment was predicated on the need as ascertained in 1978.
In other words, Glendale had been well managed, had reserves, had an envied quality of life, and our need was considered to be far less than that of our neighbors. We lost local control, and reallotment due to changing times and circumstances has never been a subject for our legislators to resolve. It has been 28 years since Proposition 13 was passed.
Our school district has the same problem. The ratio of redistribution is the same as the city's and the rationale of need has never been readjusted. The Glendale Unified School District had a philosophy of prudence, as the city had, and as a consequence, has been penalized for good fiscal management since 1978 — again a loss of local control.