Saturday, September 3, 2016

SOCEC Opposes $1.8 Billion Capistrano Unified Ballot Measure

The South Orange County Economic Coalition has taken a position against CUSD's $889 million bond which will appear on the November ballot.

Their Press Release gets right to the point.

They point out that this form of borrowing will punish those who pay Mello-Roos taxes throughout the school district. Virtually every community along Antonio Parkway and La Pata is subject to such taxation already, including virtually all of the communities listed in the masthead of this website.

“We’d be more supportive of a smaller, more realistic bond total that allows the District to leverage state matching funds and address the most critical facilities improvements,” concluded Brown [of SOCEC]. “But $1.8 billion is not an appropriate ask of this community nor do we believe it’s all needed at this time. So we urge voters to reject this measure and have the District come back with a more appropriate proposal.”

I agree. I am urging voters to reject this bond and support the election of school board candidates who favor a more cautious and fair approach to meeting the needs of present and future students in our schools.