Parcel Tax still needed? Schools & Kids, posted by Carl, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on May 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Quite a few pro-G supporters claim that PUSD is a well managed public entity.
At the Feb 3 PUSD workshop Trustee Kernan said, as quoted in the PW (Feb 6, 2009) Web Link
...Trustee Pat Kernan said there isn't enough information to go forward on a parcel tax at this time. "Until we know [the final state] budget, we can't go to the public because we don't know what we're asking for," he said. "We do know it's going to be a shared sacrifice."...
Several weeks later the Board proceeded with the parcel tax measure without knowing the 'final state budget'.
With the news in the last week of the receipt of $6.7M from the state, with approximately $4M more on the way, it is clear that the PUSD Board's decision to proceed with the parcel tax was premature and unwise.
At this point in the game, to proceed with the parcel tax only shows that the PUSD Board and Unions are joined in a game to extract the greatest amount of tax dollars from what ever source they can obtain it from. This is their shared objective and it satisfies their mutual goals to have as much money as possible. In this twisted sense, maybe the pro-G supporters are right. For a lot of us, greed is not right.
Posted by jay, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm
The lesson from this story should be that the district should have a higher reserve. Having a small reserve induces panic when changes, or unknowns, happen at the state level. If we had a higher reserve, being we thought there would be money coming in from the federal government to help us,we actually could have not panicked but rather see what the actual finances would be since the reserve could hold us over if the funding did not come in.
With that being said, the district has wanted a parcel tax so badly for years (who wouldn't want additional discretionary spending money) so they wanted this panic so they could scare the public into passing an additional tax now. It is actions like this that reaffirm why people generally do not trust their own government.
Posted by fact checker, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm
Anyone see the channel 5 CBS broadcast this weekend on home prices in Pleasanton. It stated that homes are being overbid because so many people from surrounding areas want to move to Pleasanton. It specifically stated the quality of schools as the most cited reason for moving here. It went on to say that, while other communities have seen their home values fall, Pleasanton has not.
Posted by Hmm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm
I am on the Budget Advisory Committee and I must have missed the part of the district receiving $6.7M in new funds from the State let alone $4M more. The $10M in cuts are real and required to balance the budget. I not sure how this translates to greed. Measure G funds will be used to restore programs to benefit students. Itís about the kids and property values. Check out a CBS news story on Pleasanton property values Web Link.
to check home prices normalized to square foot, and then look at the year over year change. It is far from perfect, if you take a running average of several consecutive months, you get a better picture. The results for the latest snapshot are below. First number is price decline (year over year per square foot). The second number is foreclosure rate. It is aggregated by zip code.
-8.6%, 3 per 1000 for 94588
-11.2%, 2 per 1000 for 94566
-18.7%, 11 per 1000 for 94568
-16.9%, 10 per 1000 for 94550
-22.6%, 20 per 1000 for 94551
Just for grins, here's Antioch
-50.7%, 64 per 1000 for 94509
-40.5%, 75 per 1000 for 94531
These are MDA DataQuick numbers. You can dig in to and do averages for consecutive months, and Pleasanton looks even better.
There are plenty of other sites out there with this kind of information.
Posted by Ptown resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm
PUSD has been as quiet about the Federal Stimulus money as they can be. They posted info on their website - couldn't avoid it because they were specifically asked to do so and they commented on it at the School Board meeting on Tuesday.
But PUSD sent out an econnect to selected Pleasanton community members about ARRA funds - district employees and PTA leaders.
The chose not to send out a district wide econnect notifying the community about ARRA funds. It doesn't appear that they want Pleasanton voters to know that federal stimulus dollars came in at much higher amounts than they expected, and their arrival means PUSD can choose to not lay off any teachers or cut programs without a parcel tax.
They don't seem to want Pleasanton voters to know that the ARRA funds gives PUSD time to figure out next steps without layoffs, program cuts or a parcel tax.