The word duped is probably not the most appropriate word, maybe just a coincidence that two parcel taxes that citizens unanimously approved have both led to a loss of jobs for teachers and two more positions were eliminated within the parks department. Measure C had overwhelming support from Davis residents, which meant more than 100 school district employees who would have otherwise received pink slips. The measure, which will provide $6.5 million over five years, was passed with 72.3 percent voting yes. That’s 12,435 yes votes and 4,756 no votes. Voter turnout was just under 40 percent.
Measure D, the parks maintenance tax was soundly supported by 84% of the residents and then two tree trimmers were immediately laid off. Like most residents that voted yes on Measure C and D, we assumed this would necessitate the need to layoff teachers and park employees. Davis prides itself on our high quality schools and impeccably maintained parks. Each tax was going to pass regardless of the loss of jobs within the school district and parks department. There was no reason for the pro measure crowd to create the ruse that jobs would be lost without the passage of both measures.
As the overall economy continues receiving dire news, now we have a current school board member proposing a new school tax. We all want whats best for our schools, but will more money truly fix the problems that currently exist locally and statewide. When you have school administrators making multiple times more money than our under-paid teachers, that’s an issue that more taxes can’t fix. School administrators should be paid fairly, but not at such an exorbitant scale above our teachers. More money will not solve what ills our school issues. Davis residents can not naively continue approving parcel tax after parcel tax in hopes this will save jobs or give our kids a better education.
The entire state is deep in the red and many residents are taxed to the hilt. More taxes are not necessary but deep cuts starting at the top would make a difference. In our own personal life, we would not be able to continue charging on our credit cards when they are maxed out. That same philosophy should apply to state and local agencies. State and local schools have been financially mismanaged by administrators for years, as if they were drunken sailors on leave. California schools are nothing to be proud of and tossing more money at the problem is not merited. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home.