Thursday, November 2, 2006
ALISAL UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT:MEASURE A
YES—This bond will raise $93 million needed to repair some of the worst conditions in any district countywide. Problems persist throughout the school district: Wiring is shot, rooms are so moldy they can’t be opened, libraries are outdated, classes are overcrowded, and roofs are leaky—to name just a few.
It’s easy for us to endorse a measure that will give this district some fiscal breathing room for once and with any luck, a higher quality education for its kids as a result.
CARMEL: MEASURE B
YES—Carmel business owners aren’t raising much of a fuss over Measure B, the proposed 12-cent increase to the city’s business tax, so neither will we. Let ’er rip. Businesses are currently taxed 88 cents per $1,000 of gross receipts by the city. The rate hasn’t changed since the mid-1990s, when the City Council decreased it 12 cents from $1 per $1,000. Apparently the increase will bring in an extra $70,000 a year. Supporters say that money is needed to pay to maintain city services and infrastructure.
SANTA RITA UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT: MEASURE C
YES—This district is bursting at the seams with kids. Construction of new homes continues, and the schools that where there before the building started still bear the burden of overcrowding and underfunding. This $14 million bond will pay for the construction of a new middle school, address safety issues district-wide, and finance the upgrade of class facilities and equipment. It will not pay for operating expenses. The funds will be monitored by a citizens oversight committee that promises to ensure strict accountability.