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on Oct 18, 2011
The Pleasanton Weekly is unable to find any real stories going on in our town, so they have provided this announcement. Perhaps readers can suggest some stories for them to cover.
I appreciate the timely reminder, and explanation. It's real money, so it is important.
We often hear about the arrest, but not what eventually happened in court.
Do these people plea bargain, or just walk away?
People should at least look at the supplemental taxes you are already paying on your property taxes. This will show you how much you are paying the local school district for bonds. The school district is hoping you forget that you are already paying a local school tax when they ask for more money in another parcel tax.
Got mine ??Why did my taxes go up, when my neighborhood sales prices have dropped ? ? ? ?
"Got mine ??Why did my taxes go up, when my neighborhood sales prices have dropped ? ? ? "
Well, congratulations. According to the county, you must be mistaken. They apparently believe that your property value has gone up. The county says mine has gone down by a bit.
I checked my tax statement on line as I haven't received it in the mail. Mine has gone up $200.00 from last year. I checked the breakdown and the extra $200.00 is going to PSU and School Comm. Coll. what ever that is.
Mine went down too. I wonder what neighborhood "Received" lives in.
For the school bonds I had $110 for "School Unified" and $45 for "School Comm Col". Doesn't seem like that much. Kathy had $200? How did that happen?
You must have owned your home for a rather long time. Those taxes are based on the Prop 13. assessed value of your parcel.
"School Comm Coll" is for Las Positas Community College bonds. The higher tax rate is due to lower assessed values. You'd pay less if the housing market were hot! Funny, that.
These bill are always sent out so late. They're due November 1st but they don't arrive until a few days before the due date. I understand that there is a grace period and it's not late until December but other counties send their bills out a month earlier. We have property in Santa Clara County that we use for our business and that bill comes a whole month earlier than the Alameda tax bill. Considering that these bills are for a lot of money, you would think they would give us all more than a week before the due date. What's the deal with the Alameda Tax Collector's office?
I just looked at my tax bill, enough with the school taxes, they have to start living withing their budget.
My School Unified bill is $500! I've lived in the same house in Pleasanton for 20 years and never have sent anyone to the schools.
I have been in my house for a while.
Were you talking about the community colleges or the Pleasanton school district?
I bought my house in 1983.
My tax bill went up $200.00 all together. I made a mistake when I said it was for the unified school and community college. My property taxes went up $99.00 School tax went up $31.01, Community college taxes$6.00, Zone 7 water $77.00 Rapid Transit$14.00 and the only thing that went down was the Regional Park $14.00. We moved in our home in 1993. My total unified school district is $1,188.93 and the community college is $280.22 a year
I bought my current house in 2005 at the peak of the market. I pay higher property taxes than the majority of Pleasanton residents. I don't,however, get the constant bashing of PUSD. I agree that there are opportunities to cut waste but PUSD actually provides value.
People should be vocal about truly exorbitant public salaries. Examples include the County Administrator costing $658K/year,Sheriff >$500K, Assessor $342K, Tax Collector $300K, County Supervisors >$225K each and 12 Supervisor Assistants >$100K each.
We continue to cut front-line public safety potions (ignorance is bliss) and school resources while increasing administrative expenses and entitlement programs. We get the government we deserve by continuing to re-elect the same people and directing our anger at the wrong targets.
Kathy can I come visit some time? Just kidding. That must be a beautiful house, given prop 13. That was roughly $1 million back in 1993?
I'm not complaining, but the prices really went crazy starting in the 80's. I don't know how people buy homes around here these days, let alone back in 1993. As I recall, that was kind of a buyer's market back then with the quake and then the recession.
John, Yes, it is a very nice home,which we built on an acre of land.
We sold the home we bought in 1989 for the same price we paid for it and we had added $100,000.. up dates. So, I guess we came out even. The price of our home now has gone down $600,000.00. We plan on downsizing now as the kids are gone. Not too much luck selling it.
Kids, you have until Dec. 10th to pay your 2011 1st installment so do as I do, write out your check to Mr. Donald R. White that morning & drive it over to Oakland. The government does not get one effing cent of my money any bit earlier than absolutely, legally necessary.
Oh yeah, I'm being assessed at a rate 6% higher than 2010 too...time to request a re-assessment!
When you are quoting your "school tax" amount, please keep in mind that you are paying for a bond. Bonds can only be used for capital improvements. Not one cent can be used to pay a teacher or provide programs or services to our kids. Whatever you may think of PUSD you need to understand this money does not go to our classrooms.
I was surprised at our tax bill. FUSD went up $37 for us, School Comm College doubled from $71 to $152. And the city passed measure K which added another $53. I oppose all new taxes, city, state and country. The more you give them the more they figure out a way to spend! I will be writing to my school board soon to let them know how I feel about this increase.
To Just the Facts, although the money cannot go towards teachers, it does pay for district personnel. The district regularly transfers money from the capital fund from bonds into the general fund for operations. That was brought up at a previous meeting of a group of the citizens committee. Also remember in that board meeting that it was brought out the the district refinanced the bond and pocketed money, which increased how much the taxpayers have to pay (I think by $9 million). They increased the bond debt without permission from the taxpayers. In other words, they stole from the taxpayers. Keep that in mind every time you pay your property tax bill. We will all be paying for this for many, many years. The district keeps repeating to us that this was in the past and we should get over it. However, as the taxpayers, we keep paying.
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