The Peninsula School Board has put on the ballot a levy to increase the district tax take by 55% to fund the building of some new schools over the next four years. The levy is not to pay for maintenance, teachers or any other ongoing operations of the district, but rather to pay for the building of some new schools.
Citizens for Responsible School Spending was formed to oppose the proposed levy for a variety of reasons, but by the look of their signs, the main reason is a 55% increase in the tax take of the Peninsula School District. They have placed yard signs all around the district. School Board member Harlan Gallinger objects to the signs saying they are false advertising. Unfortunately for Gallinger, the Citizens for Responsible School Spending has documentation for their claim and Gallinger was quoted as hoping the 55% increase signs would blow down. Gallinger has become the prime suspect if anything untoward happens to the Nay on Prop 1 signs.
Part of the documentation of the 55% claim comes from the local papers and a quote of the District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto. Now the 55% is the increase in the school district's portion of the tax, not the total property tax to be paid, so there is room for interpretation. However, 55% increase in school district revenues is still quite a bit.
Those who are in favor of raising taxes are holding community levy meetings around the district over the next few weeks. One has to suspect there will be 55% signs near each of the meeting sites. It should be a spirited campaign.