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Parcel tax "is to perpetuate under achievement and to cover for poor decision making"

Original post made by Blogger, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2009

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."

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 28, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I don't always agree with their position, but I love reading that website. They are always more than willing to call an ace an ace...


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Posted by T.R. Ollman
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 29, 2009 at 6:29 am

That's great--at least this site acknowledges that they're providing opinion and not fact.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

An opinion, yes; based on facts that you can find all over these blogs.


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

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.
*ducks*
*closes web page*


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Posted by Community of Character
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I agree with AVHS Dad. PUSD and the city do make good use of our tax dollars. I would be more than happy to vote for a parcel tax to better our schools and our community.

Support our children, our schools, and our community.

Vote YES on G!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

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.


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm

"I'll also vote FOR the parcel tax as I believe the money will be well spent."

Takes courage to say that here on these boards. I respect that.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
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.


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Posted by ptown res
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Kathleen-

Are you suggesting that the parcel tax is not needed at this time because you think Step and Column should be frozen?

What if Step & Column is not frozen (which I personally don't believe), is a parecel tax still needed or can budget balanced without that?


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

1984 and Animal Farm -- Any site that has them on the main page can't be all bad.


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm

But then the opinion on the site has:

"Some opponents give failing marks to the schools and are unwilling continue the mediocrity saying that average is not good enough."

OK, can someone help me out with this sentence? It sure sounds like the "failing marks" apply to the quality of education. Are they just talking about allocation of funds and salaries?

"This parcel tax, while not for profligate spending, is to perpetuate under achievement and to cover for poor decision-making."

The "under achievement" they're talking about -- That's money management and financial planning, not academics?


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