Mercury News Endorses Measure G

The newspaper stated that the parcel tax is necessary to deal with millions in state budget cuts and to ensure that San Bruno schools are equipped for 21st century learning.

The Mercury News recently published an editorial that stated that San Bruno's $199 parcel tax deserves to be passed.

Simply put, the newspaper said Measure G—and several other bond measures on the ballot for four other San Mateo County school districts—is necessary to ensure that San Bruno schools are "equipped for 21st century learning," especially with Proposition 30 in doubt. Prop. 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative that would tax the rich and increase the sales tax by a 1/4 cent for everyone in California.

The Mercury News further explained its position:

To deal with millions in state budget cuts, this eight-school district has increased class size to 31 and eliminated music and programs for the gifted. Staff hasn't gotten a raise since 2007.

It won't be clear precisely what these funds will pay for until the fate of Proposition 30 is known. But if the state and local measures fail, Superintendent David Hutt said, the district will likely have to cut "a significant number of days" from the school year.

The San Mateo Daily Journal also wrote an editorial on Measure G and stated that it opposes the parcel tax. The Daily Journal said the school district suffers from poor leadership and communication, and those deficiencies need to be fixed before any other ballot measure is passed.

Measure G, which would tax each parcel $199 annually for five years to generate about $2 million a year, is the first parcel tax to go before voters since the San Bruno Park School District opened. Voters rejected the school district's bond measure during the last election in November.

Judy November 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Again, give the money directly to the schools. Forget giving money to the schools through more taxes.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Shame on me ??? For what??? Having an opinion ??? I don't want to pay ANY taxes??? I don't have much choice. They send me an itemized tax bill. I don't know what I am talking about??? Annie, what is it I dont know about??? I could say Shame on You for thinking this will solve the ills of the SBPSD. But I respect your right to your opinion so I won't say that. This country was founded on individual effort and hard work, not gimme, gimme, gimme. The gimme started about 45 years ago. If all the quality people leave what will SB be left with???Unquality people??? Burlingame and San Carlos have a different demographic than San Bruno and much higher priced real estate equating to higher income citizens. San Bruno is a blue collar town. Always has been and probably always will be. Making the comparison as to what they have done and can do is silly and senseless. We don't have the number of affluent taxpayers that those two cities have, generally speaking, of course. You could move to one of those cities if SB displeases you so much. I know I wish I could afford to. I don't know why you would think more money equals 'educaton is important.' Parental participation and support, brain matter as well as desire equals 'education is important.' Money does not buy that formula, I respectfully submit.
Edwin S November 07, 2012 at 07:20 AM
But you never submit a solution - never put any effort into improving the situation. Other than type a bunch of babble and meaningless rhetoric on the patch. So get off your high horse and just admit you want to keep your money for yourself.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Oh Contraire !!! I submitted the suggested solution of ridding the District of present leadership and THEN going for another tax increase.on the ballot thereby giving the taxpayers some glimmer of hope that their tax dollars would not be squandered again. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, you did not read that post.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:59 AM
That plus always suggesting parents participate and do their part in the success of their chidrens education. The school district cannot do it all. nor should they be expected to.


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