There are two things that keep being said in these blogs - one is that other communities that passed a parcel tax aren't having a budget crisis, and a belief that Measure G is only a four year tax.
San Ramon, a school district often compared to Pleasanton's school district, passed a $90 per parcel tax in 2004 (this was after a first attempt failed). Taxpayers were told this was five year tax.
Last summer, the San Ramon School District attempted to renew AND increase the parcel tax to $166 a parcel. That attempt failed.
This May, San Ramon School District is proposing renewing AND increasing the parcel tax to $144 a parcel for a term of SEVEN YEARS.
If it passes, it will mean taxpayers in the San Ramon School District will have lived with a parcel tax to support schools for TWELVE YEARS.
PUSD is proposing a much higher parcel tax - $233 for four years. How likely is it that the parcel tax will end in four years? It seems much more likely that like San Ramon, PUSD will launch a spending campaign to extend AND increase a parcel tax if Measure G passes.
As one No on Measure C (San Ramon parcel tax) stated in the article below, "the additional money raised by the tax will just free up other funds for employee raises."
Even if PUSD uses the parcel tax money to support CSR (and there are no guarantees that will happen), using parcel tax money for programs frees up general funds money (also OUR tax money) to fund employee raises. Current estimation of PUSD certificated employee raises over the next four years is $15 million.
The attitude of PUSD and APT is that people in Pleasanton make so much more money than PUSD teachers, taxpayers should hand over $233 a year, no questions asked.
We should all be asking questions about this parcel tax.