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Letter: Support Schools Parcel Tax, Instructional Needs

This "Dear Community" letter from a grassroots group, Support West County Students, urges attendance at two special West Contra Costa school board meetings to show support for instructional needs and a parcel tax.

Dear Community,

Our students need our support. As West Contra Costa Unified School District’s revenue from the state of California continues to decline, all our students are impacted by the loss of funding of critical programs in the classroom and school. The expiration of the local parcel tax in June 2014 means that our students will have even less academic support. What can you do?

Please come to two very important WCCUSD Board of Education meetings at Lovonya DeJean Middle School as the Board considers whether to place a possible revenue measure on the November ballot to address this funding crisis.

At the first meeting on Monday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m., the Board will hear the results of a recent critical survey, gauging the support of voters for a possible parcel tax renewal and increase. At the second meeting on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m., the Board will determine if any revenue measures will be on the ballot in November.

Make your voice heard at these two critical meetings! The Board needs to hear from all corners of our community, and hear that instructional support is our highest priority.

Want to help more? Join a grassroots, family-led, community driven effort called Support West County Students to ensure instructional support is our highest priority.

To find out how you can volunteer, please call (510) 255-1834 or send an e-mail to wccusdparceltax@gmail.com.  To find out how you can pledge financial support to a parcel tax campaign, please send an e-mail to wccpti@gmail.com.

Please share this information with your family, neighbors, and community!

– Support West County Students

Wendy Harrison July 22, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I am taxed to death! For the last 25 years, all I've heard is that we just need one more parcel tax. If you want more money for education, write Jerry Brown and ask him why he signed the law that will give $40 MILLION to fund college education for the children of illegal aliens. Wake up, taxpayers.
None July 23, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Over this past weekend I watched some news on TV, I read the paper and I surfed the web and found a common thread. Europe is broke; all they need is more money. Our country is broke; all they need to do is raise our taxes. California is broke and our governor is suggesting we vote to increase our tax burden. Our Fair City and our school district are both in need of more money. Who will be the recipient of these additional dollars? The same folks who got us into this dilemma in the first place and I am supposed give them more? I don’t think so. Just about every election during the last several years has included multiple propositions on the ballot to increase our taxes, to extend our taxes and to promote more bonds , to initiate a parcel tax and some even want to build a railroad to nowhere. I don’t think so. Is it my responsibility to educate all of the children of every illegal immigrant who finds his/her way into my state or my community from anywhere in the world? Perhaps we should just say no. I plan on saying “NO.”
Wendy Harrison July 23, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Well said, Mr. Johnson.
jon cyr July 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Top-paid California legislative employees get pay raises By Torey Van Oot and Jim Sanders tvanoot@sacbee.com Published: Friday, Jul. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 22, 2012 - 12:24 pm As California lawmakers slashed funding for social services and state workers this spring, some of the Legislature's top-paid staff saw the size of their own salaries grow. A review of newly released payroll records found that at least 93 California legislative employees making more than $100,000 received raises this year. More than 900 employees at all pay levels have received raises. Six-figure wage earners represent 14 percent of the Legislature's 2,220 employees, but the number making more than $100,000 has increased slightly to more than 300. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/20/4643546/top-paid-california-legislative.html#storylink=cpy
None July 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I recently read an article where the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are considering initiating a Bay Area driver tax based on installing a GPS in our automobiles and I wondered, did an “Elected Official” dream up this proposal, or, was it some unelected bureaucrat who does not answer to the population accomplish this?. Consider that I can drive a vehicle from Canada to Mexico on Highway 5 and not pay one single toll. But, if I chose to drive from Vallejo to San Francisco and back, I have to cross a couple of bridges at the cost of $5.00 each. Now some “Enlightened Individual wants me to pay another $0.10 per mile to drive around the area, but an individual from outside the area can use the same roads and pay nothing? Does anything seem wrong with this idea? I really do believe that it’s time for some “Change!”

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