The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association is ramping up its opposition to Measures E and H. Measure E is a $450M bond measure for the Community College District. Measure H is a bond measure to secure more funding for the West Contra Costa School District. CoCoTax opposes both measures and encourages taxpayers to spread the word on why Measures E and H should fail. According to CocoTax:
MEASURE E should fail because:
– Since 2002, District voters have approved bonds totaling $406.5 million that will cost taxpayers OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS.
– Now the District is asking for $450 million in NEW DEBT that will cost taxpayers ANOTHER BILLION DOLLARS.
– District construction policies that require union only labor, reduces competition and increases costs. WITHOUT WIDE COMPETITION, work is done by the “FAVORED FEW” at HIGHER COST.
– Numerous government agencies are asking for new taxes and bond debt because RISING PENSION COSTS CROWD OUT OTHER SPENDING. Residents are being nickel-and-dimed to death.
– As compensation for District employees has grown, resources for care of buildings and grounds have become scarce. BORROWING MONEY to repair neglected buildings is FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.
CocoTax encourages taxpayers to send letters to the editors to:
– Contra Costa Times: [email protected]
– TriValley Times: [email protected]
– West County Times (For Measure H): [email protected]
– Martinez News Gazette: [email protected]
– Brentwood Press: [email protected]
– Lamorinda Weekly: [email protected]
– Oakland Tribune – [email protected]
MEASURE H should fail because:
– Many people are unemployed, underemployed, or financially stretched and CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY MORE.
– The District has OVER $500 MILLION STILL AVAILABLE from past bond measures. A NEW BOND measure is NOT NEEDED.
– Various government agencies are asking for new taxes and bond debt because RISING PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COSTS CROWD OUT OTHER SPENDING.
– The building program DOESN’T HELP STUDENT LEARNING. In a study of 148 California school districts, the West Contra Costa Unified School District RANKS LAST IN SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT among low income students and students of color (source:Edtrustwest.org).
– High property taxes DRIVE UP HOUSING COSTS FOR RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS. In Contra Costa County, MORE WEST COUNTY RESIDENTS LOSE THEIR HOMES BECAUSE THEY CAN’T PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES than anywhere else.
– District construction policies reduce competition. WITHOUT WIDE COMPETITION, work is done by the “FAVORED FEW” at HIGHER COST.
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