Did PUSD make the case for a new tax?
Original post made by Start Afresh on Jan 26, 2011
In which case, you will be denied a new tax revenue stream to paper over your weakness.
The Unions are screwing you around and the result (as seen last night) is Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. As the parcel tax consultant said, better get that parcel tax election done as soon as possible to take advantage of the voter climate.
PUSD and the unions have had a year to determine how to control personnel costs. They have chosen not to. They have chosen to drive to the edge of the cliff with kids falling out the back seat in order to get a parcel tax revenue stream going. What? It's $2M a year? That will only cover the annual step and column increases and the $400,000 in revenue limit reductions. They are toying with you for chump change. And will need to come back next year for more cuts and more change.
Toying with the second survey participants is exactly what the parcel tax survey consultant said. They manipulated the order of the parcel tax amounts in order to play the marketing game with the survey taker. Make the answer you want be the second answer. And voila! $98 is the answer.
PUSD doesn't tell you about this year's surplus, or that next year's projected deficit is only $3M, or that there is an additional $1M in revenue still coming from the state. Luz did not take off the CSR expense in FY12-13 that the state's new flexibility extensions eliminates. This made the FY 12-13 cuts $1.56M larger than needed.
Trustee Hintzkee hints at a state takeover of the district, Trustee Grant brings up the false argument of protecting property values, Trustees Bowser and Laursen and Grant mention Republicans and Democrats and 30 years of Sacramento dysfunction. Geez oh Man.
PUSD.....grow up....get your personnel expenses under control, get your negotiation cojones going and get a bold multi-year salary reduction in place, protect the kids at all costs, get your budgeting process cranking (you are months behind), show the community that you are serious enough to warrant even thinking about asking for a new tax.
Even one of your strongest parcel tax supporters took you to task for weaselly language and fear mongering.
Now, what again, is the case for a new tax? I hope there is an answer upon which a Feb 1 vote for a parcel tax is based. Otherwise, Parcel Tax 2 will be DOA. And the $225,000 it costs for a special election and all the money and effort Support Pleasanton Schools expends will be for naught.