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on Jan 5, 2010
I think a pacel tax is still a great idea. It failed before, mostly, because of the time of the vote. It should have been done during the national election. More people vote during those times.
Always the solution proposed is to soak more money from taxpayers, all of which goes to line the pockets of the union members who have already negotiated into a contract their step and column increases. Then, look also at the public pension deals they benefit from..... It's all politics and a soak the taxpayer mentality.... Why can't these professionals (teachers) take the same income but deliver more or at least the same work effort educating out kids? Actually, I don't care to hear the answer because in the end they will inevitably follow the private sector professional, who already has experienced this reality. The money is just NOT THERE!
Did you attend the meeting last night? There will be another coming soon. You can bring up all your concerns there.
"who have already negotiated into a contract their step and column increases"
Everything is currently under negotiation, including step and column increases, and this was clearly stated. Why would you say this?
There was also plenty of talk about the kind of cuts and sacrifices that are on the table for consideration. There were a lot of good suggestions, including asking for more donations from parents, and doing more fund raising.
I didn't see the meeting going in a " soak more money from taxpayers" direction at all. There will be another meeting coming up soon and they are welcoming people to bring up their concerns. You may want to attend.
Let's make every road in Pleasanton a toll road that way everyone can be soaked with more "fees" everyday. Bunch a suckers....
A common response I've gotten over the years..."come to the meeting" ... when the writer chooses to ignore the basic points I have made. The title of this article is "School district seeks new revenue sources", not government employees "open up discussions to yield on step and column increases to help balance the budget".
reader, you go and attend. I've been there, done that, and already know from living here in Pleasanton 31 years that the government employee unions will use every political means available to protect and increase their income.
Here's another source of revenue for you -- Amador Boosters. They had money to fund a new stadium sound system. What about looking to them as a revenue steam to fund teachers and textbooks instead?
Why don't we just have Reader and the few other pro parcel tax members go door to door with a collection plate and ask them to report out on their progress in a couple of weeks? I bet that will be an eye opener for anyone who thinks it is a good idea to put on the ballot.
"Why don't we just have Reader and the few other pro parcel tax members go door to door"
I have gone door to door in both the last PPIE fund raiser and at others. I found the response to be good. I also like the idea of doing a fund raiser before pursuing a parcel tax. More people than not also volunteered that they hope another parcel tax would be put on a ballot (these were mainly parents). A survey, like Kathleen was talking about on another blog would be a good way to find out the level of support for a parcel tax.
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