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Ruth Clark, San Juan Capistrano

Most of the public schools in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano are 50 years old or older and there was a lot of deferred maintenance due to the recession in 2008-2009. Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita are much newer and paid by all of us. It’s important to keep our taxpayer-owned properties in good repair, such as leaky roofs, bad plumbing, unsafe electrical, etc. If not, this could cause more expensive damage, as anyone who owns a home knows. There are many benefits to passing a bond now:

  1. Interest rates are very low, so money is cheap and available with state matching funds, keeping our tax money here, which benefits all of us.
  2. Employs many workers and suppliers.
  3. Employs people with wages to pay taxes, pay rent, mortgages, buy clothes and cars, take vacations, eat at restaurants and spend money at local businesses, which helps our local economy.

Most people want to work and be a productive part of society with a basic lifestyle, which is much better than receiving unemployment payments and welfare that are also paid for by our taxes. Unemployment and poverty create a lot of stress on families—misery, depression, divorce and unstable, unhappy children.
I would much rather have our taxes pay for repairs and maintenance for our schools, which is a positive for our community, while poverty and welfare, are not.

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  • There was bond money passed in 1999 for this purpose that was diverted to teacher salaries. Until CUSD shows some fiscal responsibility, you can bet this will be a trainwreck that will last us over 35 years. The school district is instead involved in frivolous lawsuits and isn’t truly putting the children first. Hold them accountable. Make CUSD learn fiscal responsibility.

  • This rant misses the point entirely.

    Not one cent will help students directly. Furthermore, they do not have any set plans. Instead, it is a wish list. By the way, have you noticed that all the organizational supporters will stand to benefit from it.?

    CUSD has failed to manage these facilities, even with past bond we are STILL PAYING FOR. Worse is they have shown how irresponsible they are with our property tax dollars. Yep, they cannot account for it. This means that money from San Clemente tax-payers (including Mello Roos) has been used outside of San Clemente. It was even admitted by a prior school board that it was used to help pay for the new CUSD building instead of the old facilities mentioned by the author.

    Worse is that funds designated for education have been used for political campaigns like this one.

    One-time fixes??
    Yep, CUSD plans for this additional tax does not factor in monies needed for maintenance of improvements. This means more taxes are yet to come.

    Lastly, with the existing bond tax on the books, then a 9.5 billion dollar statewide bond tax on the ballot, and now this 1 billion dollar bond tax specific to CUSD the taxpayers will be triple hit for what is supposed to be a free education.

    So regardless of the moral imperative you still need to deal with the math. CUSD has a history of reckless misuse of funds and coming back to the voters for more.

    Do you ever fix a problem by continuing to give people with spending problems more money?

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