A fair and equitable tax?

By From page A6 | October 31, 2012

I have a couple of questions about Measure E:

* Why do all voters vote on Measure E when only property owners are taxed?

* Why impose an additional tax on Davis property owners to pay for students who do not live in Davis?

Fifty-one percent of all California state taxes are for education. Depending on the study you reference, California ranks anywhere from 34th to 49th in educating our students.

I have read the opinion stating that property values in Davis are more stable because of the quality of the school system here. That may be true to some degree; I really do not know. What I do know is that I live here because it is a nice city with caring folks and a small-town atmosphere. I am close to family and in close proximity to the varied interests I have developed over the years. I will more than likely never move or sell my home, so property values are not that much of an issue for me.

Here is a list of the local school taxes I am already paying:
* Davis Joint Unified School District 2000 bond, $184;
* Los Rios Community College District 2002 bond, $151;
* Davis Joint Unified School District, $205;
* Davis Joint Unified School District 2012 Measure C, $320;
* Davis Joint Unified CFD #1 (This is for construction of new schools or remodeling of existing schools), $181.

How is Measure E a fair and equitable tax?

Paul Bolnik
El Macero

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