The Tribune reported (April 22) that the Lucia Mar School District may place a $104 million to 170 million property tax bond to voters this November. The district property owner would pay between $29 to $45 per $100,000 of assessment depending on the tax rate. Proposition 13 has a limited control on school bonds because of its easy 55 percent voter approval.
A management question for this bond — “What do we need to be future ready?” — is vague and unconvincing. Will the plague continue? Non-state-supported bond measures saturate our county. In November 2014, voters approved measures on Cuesta College maintenance and development, Morro Bay and SLO High School modernization and Atascadero Unified School District renovation. State education allocation theft occurs when the bureaucracy of approximately 500 agencies, commissions, departments and boards is contaminated by six-digit salaries, benefits and perks with hefty pensions. Proposition 30 sales and income tax (passed in 2012) is a patchwork.
Systemic, excessive property taxes contribute to housing unaffordabilty and the homeless. Vote NO for state and education institutions to jointly reallocate funds.
Werner Koch, Cambria