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Parcel Tax Deja Vu

Original post made by Ptown resident on Apr 29, 2009

Check out this posting from February 2008:

A parcel tax is a thinly veiled excuse to have access to a pot of discretionary funds.
Schools & Kids, posted by Mike, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2008 at 5:05 pm
The superintendent is using scare tactics saying they will cut teachers and programs. He has threatened that our children will suffer from the cuts.


Every few years there is a new budget crisis. There is alway a panic and campaign to make the taxpayers feel the pain for it. We don't know what the true amount will be yet, historically the cuts have been much less than first threatened.


PUSD wants taxpayers to give them more money in the form of a parcel tax to cover the cuts. The district has been working on a strategy to get a parcel tax passed for more than two years. They are now exploiting this latest " budget crisis" as their latest excuse.


The purpose of reserves is to get us through lean years but the district should be looking at belt tightening and all ways that do not touch our kids first. The roll back of administrative salaries should be the first cuts. The unions should share the burden with pay freezes to preserve jobs.


A parcel tax is a thinly veiled excuse to have access to a new pot of discretionary funds. Unlike a bond where the funds must be used for capital, a parcel tax is used for salary. Program is code for salary to support program.


It would be like paying a parcel tax to pay those administrative salary increases.


It is foolish to talk about a parcel tax for a short term budget tightening.







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Posted by Jeff, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Apr 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Wow, Mike called it!


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

The union should share the burden, but this is how the union operates:

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