Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Aug 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
There are plenty of reasons to struggle with Propositions 30 and 38.
Three local articles today covered the two propositions on the November ballot proposing various approaches to tax hikes for supporting education. The first article reports the Pleasanton boardís discussion of which proposition to support--one, the other, or both proposals. Web Link The next includes a poll showing the governorís tax plan may be vulnerable. Web Link And the third describes missteps by Governor Brown that make his plan ďa tough sell.Ē Web Link
Iím glad PUSDís board delayed a vote. School boards (and other agencies) believe their resolutions supporting (or not) a variety of legislation will have an impact on voters. I donít believe they do, and I donít believe they should take a collective stance. These are five individuals who may have differing political perspectivesówe donít know which little chad each will punch out on his/her personal ballot.
I do expect the staff would lobby through their various administrative groups, and I think individual board members should speak publicly to and/or endorse what they personally support. Given their elected roles, itís not a surprise that board members support schools or that they might support tax increases in the name of K-12 education. However, adding a string of WHEREASes and a THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED to a piece of paper isnít likely to be what moves voters in one direction or the other.
Information about the hydraulics of the state's general fund and what new taxes will really cover (raises to staff, hidden park piggy banks, etc.) will be important, and I hope the media will keep addressing these and other state budgeting concerns.