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How will class sizes stay small even IF the parcel tax passes?

Original post made by tax revolt 2 on May 25, 2009

The economic uncertainty continues to unfold....

PUSD says the reserve fund will have $68,000 at fiscal year end. PUSD has approved new authority for $15M of tax anticipation revenue notes (borrowing from the future). The federal stimulus package has over $8M in funds coming into PUSD. PUSD has established a $1.2M revolving loan with the City of Pleasanton. The state of CA is now projecting a $24 billion state budget deficit. Propositions 1A and 1B were defeated. All of this is new since the parcel tax was approved for the ballot.

The net effect is that PUSD's revenues are expected to be far less than thought when the parcel tax was approved. The promises of Measure G are extremely suspect at this time.

The real question to be asking is:

How will class sizes stay small even IF the parcel tax passes?

More importantly....How will any of the promises of Measure G be sustained in light of the projected revenue reductions?

PUSD and Save Pleasanton Schools Committee has refused to answer any of these questions until after June 2. This behavior deserves a resounding defeat of the parcel tax. There is no plan in place that rationalizes more taxes at this time. Wrong Tax at the Wrong Time. No on G.

Comments (8)

Posted by Sandy, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Sandy is a registered user.

Who have you contacted at Save Pleasanton Schools to ask for their ideas? I don't think anyone has asked those questions, but I haven't checked with every volunteer.

The board and the superintendent are accountable for balancing the budget. They will look from input from the public (including parents like me and citizens like you) but in they end they have to decide.

The governor's latest budget cuts were announced May 20. The board will take input between now and June 22 before they vote on a budget. I'm glad they will take another month, instead of just one week, to figure out how to make another $8.5 million in cuts. If they do it in one week, how would the community be able to give their input?

Posted by Concerned Student, a resident of Valencia
on May 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

The idea that PUSD might not be able to meet its promise of keeping a small class size as a strong argument against the parcel tax is a ridiculous one. How will voting down the parcel tax in any way help maintain those small class sizes? It wont. Although a school district in financial crisis might need money designated for small class sizes for other parts of the budget, voting down the parcel tax only forces the district to cut those other parts even further with the same result in terms of class size. Our district needs the money, there is no simpler way to put it. Although Measure G might not save our class sizes, voting No only worsens the problem.

Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

Concerned Student - Are you saying that the premise and purpose of the parcel tax has devolved to 'Our district needs the money'? And are you also saying that Measure G might not save class sizes? If so, than this invalidates half of the promises of Measure G.

All the more reason to vote this parcel tax down and force a better solution from all stakeholders.

Posted by Or vote no, a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

"All the more reason to vote this parcel tax down and force a better solution from all stakeholders."

Or vote no and live in a city with a crap school district. The choice is yours. Those of you who think schools and quality neighborhoods are not linked are living in la la land. We must support our district because we are saving ourselves by doing so. It's 64 cents a day for the love of God! Even if you are against the principle of more taxes your schools could use the support. If you don't want to that is just fine but please contain your cries when everyone who cares about education leaves this town.

Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

Leave this town and go where? Name a school district in CA that does not have these same issues.

Posted by Look around, a resident of Livermore
on May 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm


Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

Livermore? Really? According to last week's Independent Web Link

For 2009-2010 they've already affected 150 employees with layoffs and reduced hours, and CSEA and management have agreed to 3-5 furlough days.

And in 2010-2011 there are more layoffs and are considering raising class sizes, eliminating programs and closing an elementary school.

Again, name a school district in CA that does not have these same issues.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 28, 2009 at 5:57 am

I think the point is that districts like Livermore are better prepared and have reserves in place to see them through at least the coming year. Poway is another: Web Link I also think looking at class sizes of 22:1, 23:1, etc. was worthy of consideration, but so were many other suggestions.

Pleasanton has been the grasshopper in the old fable. Now with an economic winter, they want us to make up for those fun summer days of spending without any change in habit going forward.

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