I agree with Kevin and David with regard to narrowing the scope of things the
money can cover. My personal take would be something like the following:
I like your simplification of the language. You keep the main points around
the budget cuts of last spring. I would like to see counselors singled out in
a more prominent way. I would like to see textbook money available for
schools to purchase curriculum that is not on Big Brother's textbook list.
To maintain reduced class sizes, to preserve existing programs at the school
site and classroom level by retaining the following personnel at or above Fall
2003 levels: secondary school counselors, teachers and teacher's aides, shall
West Contra Costa Unified School District be authorized to levy, for 5 years
only beginning July 1, 2004, an annual tax of 6.8 cents per square foot of
real property improvements or $68 per vacant
parcel, with an exemption for (low income) eligible owners aged 65 or older?
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