San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter’s Viewpoint in The Tribune, “Residents of SLO facing tax fatigue” (Sept. 13), is factual.
Development, drought, procrastination and “tunnel vision” exacerbate increasing water rates.
Governments’ excessive overhead and “spend-all” philosophy have resulted in continuous sales and property tax measures.
A duplicative Cal Fire property tax is under litigation.
The entire county is overloaded with costly burdens. Cuesta College trustees lead with a disproportionate $275 million property tax bond on the ballot.
Cuesta College should rely on county, state and self-generating resources. For example, it could create a separate, selfsustaining foundation for suggestion awards, volunteering and intern credit projects. Administrators should eliminate “departments must spend all” policies and recycle savings for “necessities.”
Remember, the governor’s cost savings realignment fund was negotiated from 500 affluent and duplicative departments, agencies, boards and commissions and was supposed to make more revenue available for education.
The Proposition 30 income and sales tax increase aids schools.
The California Lottery aids schools.
Enough! Vote “no” on the Cuesta College bond measure.