Parcel tax "is to perpetuate under achievement and to cover for poor decision making" Schools & Kids, posted by Blogger, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm
The Opinion Pleasanton website states that " Rather than cut spending to cover the shortages and to increase a rainy day fund for the next, fast-approaching state budget crisis, the district voted to spend $300,000 for a special election June 2 to pass a $233 per parcel tax."
Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm AVHS Dad is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Personally I think the city and PSUD has done a pretty darn good job with the tax money we've given them over the years. I'm happy with the town I live in and the education my son is getting. I'll also vote FOR the parcel tax as I believe the money will be well spent.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
CoC wrote: "Support our children, our schools, and our community."
I like AVHS Dad. His posts on this website have been reasonable. At least he isn't trying to turn this debate into a referendum on how much we like children or teachers.
Support our children by putting their education first instead of raises.
Support our schools by showing them that we demand better fiscal management. Teachers should be paid their step and column during bad economic times out of healthy reserves. That takes proper planning instead of dumping a 7% reserve goal three years ago.
Support our community by not increasing the tax burden on those of us who have taken pay cuts or lost jobs and barely hanging on.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2009 at 7:01 am
Russell: When you don't need a reason, any reason will do. Despite the facts showing this tax isn't needed at this time, that the community deserves an opportunity to determine what it values and will pay for, and that the district has managed currents funds extremely poorly, some still believe, with the district's threat to CSR, that voting against the tax will hurt kids.
To paraphrase the president from last night: the recklessness of a few jeopardizes us all.