Letters to the editorMeasure C - Déjà vu all over again
Measure C will raise "local funds that will be spent only in the SRVUSD, to reduce class sizes, (and to) restore ... essential programs." Senior citizens may apply "for an exemption." Expenditures will be reviewed "annually in an open, public hearing." Measure C would restore "programs and services cut the last two years."
Those were among tax-promoter pretenses during the San Ramon Valley Unified School District's 1991 Measure C parcel-tax campaign (www.noonc.info). The 1991-92 district general-fund revenues provided $6,092 per student, in today's dollars.
With California facing a massive politician-generated fiscal crisis then as now, 1991's Measure C failed. But SRVUSD programs continued and revenues climbed rapidly anyway - at much faster rates than inflation and enrollment growth combined.
By 2003-04, before finally passing a parcel tax, SRVUSD was collecting $7,951 per student (again, constant dollars). This year, it's $8221 - not just the $5,725 the Danville Weekly reported last week.
Promoting 2004's parcel tax, district PR spokesman Terry Koehne proclaimed "an understanding there will not be a pay raise next year." But 2005's retroactive raise was just the first of four subsequent raises, atop existing step-and-column increases.
Now, says Koehne (April 24), "Since Proposition 13 passed, education funding in this state has declined."
No, it hasn't. California's inflation-adjusted per-student funding is higher now, by 50 percent, than in 1978. And SRVUSD's own per-student funding has jumped by a third just since 1991's Measure C rejection.
Sensible 2009 Measure C voters will assure Election Office receipt of their No votes by next Tuesday!