Thursday, March 17, 2011

Measure E - Do the Math, Part Two

One argument Measure E supporters make is that a $98 annual parcel tax is equivalent to 27 cents a day. Then by some form of logic, if you are against this tax, you are a cold-hearted rigid tea party ideologue (or worse). 

Some opponents of Measure E say 'it is not about the money, in fact, the tax should be larger.' Leading to some very interesting conversations.

Well, it is about the money. Lots of money. PUSD's 2010-11 total revenue is $142 million dollars or $389,000 a day.

Where does PUSD get $142 million dollars?

From YOU. From your federal taxes, state income taxes, local property taxes, sales taxes, fees, and anything that puts your money in the federal and state government coffers.

Let's do the math.

With 52,000 residents in Pleasanton over the age of 18, the average adult is paying $2,700 a year to fund the local school. The average married couple pays $5,400. If you have a house, two kids and cars, you likely pay far more than the average. And you've been paying an additional $1,400 more per year to the state via the 2009 temporary taxes, and the reduced dependent exemption.

So when your favorite teacher, union boss, or school parcel tax advocate says to you that you are a cheap, miserly, penny pinching weasel who doesn’t support the kids, remind them that you already support the kids and fund the entire school budget of $142 million dollars.