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by Mary, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Apr 24, 2009
Great website, far more informative than PUSD's site!
I like this part that points out that Measure G is one time funding.
The Federal stimulus dollars buy California and PUSD plenty of time to reform the way they spend taxpayer money and it would be disappointing to see this opportunity squandered by any attempt to continue wasteful spending. The District has shown an inclination to call the money from ARRA a "one-time" fund. Not to state the obvious, but Measure G is also a "one-time" fund. Not labelling Measure G as "one-time" also gives the appearance that the District fully expects the parcel tax to be renewed by voters in the future. That makes Measure G nothing more than a foot in the door to your wallet.
Didn't San Ramon and Livermore advertise their original parcel taxes as having an expiration date? And now aren't they trying to renew them?
It doesn't seem likely that once a parcel tax billing is in place, it's ever going to go away.
HAHA! But I thought Measure G creates a stable source of funding! You mean it's not at only four years? I hear the federal money is a two-year one-time source of stable funding.
Gee,Mary,ya think...you're right because that's the whole idea. Four years from no the economy will be booming again and the voters wont care and they will go ahead and rubber stamp the tax again and no one will care until the next recession. And Liz, Measure G is more than a foot in the door to your wallet, they're getting a key made.
What's the cutoff for one-time sources versus sustained sources? Three years?
The worst part of this is that even if the district were to gain money through Meas.G, they would probably waste the small amount left after the step&column (Neal,Foothill solar,etc.). The information coming from the district is full of half truths and even lies, and if they are not lying, then they don't have a grasp of all the facts and shouldn't be in charge of any monies. We don't need lawyers on school boards, we need economists and business people with a real grasp of business because the schools are a business and need to be run as a business including union negotiations.
Why doesn't the School Board hire an independent auditor to review PUSD spending and make recommendations? Someone not affiliated with PUSD now or in the past.
No offense to the Budget Advisory Committee members! I know that several of them have accounting and finance degrees. But they weren't given access to all PUSD records - just a list of proposed budget cuts they were asked to prioritize. So they didn't have an opportunity to review the actual budget and make recommendations independent of those already selected by PUSD.