I was just paying my property tax bill (2nd installment due by April 10th) and noticed a charge for "Voter Approved Debt Service: School Unified". I see the the Pleasanton School District has a tax surcharge of around 8% on my property tax bill. Since I bought my house not too long ago, with high property values, this tax is around $900! I am hearing about this new School tax of $233 so I guess that would mean that I would have a tax surcharge of $1133 for Pleasanton Schools. This is after the new 9.75% sales tax that started today and the surcharge on our State Income tax. Where does it stop? Our elected officials do not know how to manage money. When they overspend they demand that the taxpayers pay for their mistakes. My understandin on the new proposed school tax that if it passes, we will not have any additional services. I can understand asking people if they want to pay an additional tax for a new service but to have our government make bad spending decisions and demand that I pay more for the service we are already paying for is quite upsetting.
My 401(k) is in the tank while government employees have a guaranteed pension. How come the government employees have significantly better retirement programs than their bosses (the taxpayers)?
I have even heard that most government employees have free medical insurance once they retire! I certainly do not get that. It seems to me if the government employees paid for half of their medical coverage when they retire, the money saved in taxes could probably pay for half of the medical insurance for all the retired people in California since it seems like government employees make up about 50% of the job market. With the downturn in the economy I hear of lay-offs from just about every sector, major lay-offs, but not in government so government employees will make up a larger percentage of the workforce.
I think we have given the government enough of our money. This has to stop. I cannot support giving any more money to our government. I simply cannot afford this proposed parcel tax. No on the additional parcel tax for me.