Re: Parcel tax. New one is different than the old one.
- The previous parcel tax had a sunset provision of 5 years. This means
that that particular tax expires. The school district parcel tax the
Municipal Recreational Assessment District (MRAD) has no sunset
provision that is why it goes on year in and year out, but it is a
parcel tax. So the WCCUSD has one ongoing parcel tax with no sunset
provision; one that is about to expire, and a new one that is on the
Thank you Jim for bringing this up.
As to whether all the additional taxes are needed: some are some
aren't. Clearly the parcel tax for the Doctor's Hospital was needed.
This parcel tax is a pittance compared to what the WCCUSD takes in as
parcel tax. It seems to me that our local governmental entities are
putting any kind of tax on the ballot that can be conceived (mail-in
for example); increases in taxes on our utility bills; sales tax etc,
business tax, because they can. Not looking carefully at all these
tax increases is going to lead to another Proposition 13 tax revolt.
Look around, maybe some surrounding districts have higher parcel
taxes, but none have higher bond costs. But, both types of property
taxes appear on your property tax bill.
As citizens and taxpayers we cannot abnegate our role and our
diligence on these local tax measures. Some are warranted and some are
not. The threat of losing the programs referred to has been with this
school district since my oldest son entered the then RUSD in 1986 and
ways have been found to keep the programs going.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jim cowen <jimcowen@...> wrote:
> This is NOT a renewal of an existing tax with one exception.
> There are at least THREE exceptions.
> 1. increase for school safety
> 2. the rate per homeowner is increasing (a lot)
> 3. the term of the tax is longer (it is 8 years?, and the old one
was only 5?)
> RENEWAL or NEW - that is just semantics. Proponents will say the
old one is expiring (as was proposed when it was passed), and this is
just a renewal. Opponents will say the old one is expiring, and this
is a NEW tax.
> I am not opposed to school taxes in general, and I hope the funds
continue to come in. But the school board is it's own worst enemy.
The construction bonds are so full of waste, mismanagement, and almost
certain corruption that it's a wonder ANY bond or tax can be passed.
> And, while recent worksheets seem pretty forthcoming with regard
to the expiring and new parcel tax, that only became the case when
they (school board) wanted to try to pass another one.
> When it's time to try to get sound bites and quotes into the
press, and cute slogans for campaign signs, it's great to use things
like "just a renewal" and "great accountability". And, although I
think it is fooling the voting masses, I think the end result is just.
> But, on this chatboard, I'm certain most people are much too
educated on the truth to be fooled, and I think pretenting those
positive spins are absolutely truthful is insulting to the collective
> I was intrigued recently when the West County Wastewater District
increased their annual rate, which is charged in the same section of
the property tax bill that school bonds and taxes are. While they did
not need to get voter approval, they nonetheless presented a case for
raising the fee from $170/year to $180. They then listed a comparison
to the same fees in nearby districts, which all were in the $350 -
$500+ range. Made the $10 bump seem insignificant. If the parcel tax
detractors ever do a similar comparison, I fear that voters will see
that WCCUSD taxes, bonds, and fees are already much higher than in
neighboring school districts; and we have less to show for it.
> Sign me...
> -Pro kids.
> -OK with school taxes
> -Frustrated and furious about past WCCUSD school board waste
> Jim Cowen
> Tammera Campbell <tammeracampbell@...> wrote:
> This is NOT a new parcel tax, but a RENEWAL of one already
in existence with one exception. There is an increase with the added
recipient of school safety.
> Cathy Travlos <cbt@...> wrote: There's been a lot of talk lately
about the new parcel tax measure and
> how the money would be spent. And there have been lots of threats of
> withholding support for the parcel tax if the boad doesn't vote one way
> or the other. I suggest that we all take a step back and educate
> ourselves with the facts.
> Ruth Vedovelli has put together a chart showing how the funds from the
> previous parcel tax have been spent; it's posted on the district web
> page here:
> I look at the list of expenditures - sports, libraries, K-3 class size
> reduction, counselors, custodians. If the new parcel tax doesn't pass,
> would I be willing to give these up? Or what would I be willing to give
> up to keep them?
> The language for the parcel tax extension is posted on the web site,
> also. I urge all of you to read both so you can be informed voters.
> Tammera (Tammy) E. Campbell
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