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JIM SIGAFOOS, San Clemente

I feel compelled to respond to a letter opposing Measure H in last week’s San Clemente Times by Mr. Ken Sieracki. Per Mr. Sieracki, over the 30-year course of the bond, an owner of a property valued at $1 million could expect to pay $13,793.

According to the OC Assessor’s Office, the average assessed property value in San Clemente is $557,274, so the average property owner will pay far less. That aside, is $13,793 over 30 years really too much of a sacrifice compared to the value of ensuring our students get the best possible educational environment?

If the owners of a $1 million property can reduce their expenses by just $1.26 per day, less than the cost of one small Starbucks coffee, they would totally fund their bond obligation and have money left over.

Mr. Sieracki also addresses the impact of Measure H on commercial properties, positing that his estimated $1,811 annual cost would be passed on to consumers. How much would this trivial increase really impact the cost of your Del Mar purchases when spread over the thousands of transactions processed every year?

According to one Del Mar merchant I spoke with, Proposition H would increase his/her costs by less than one-tenth of one percent.

Mr. Sieracki clearly thinks we are unreasonably taxed, yet the Capistrano Unified School District has by far the lowest tax levy for school facilities bonds of any of the 29 districts in Orange County, and even that modest levy expires in just six years.

On a personal note, I graduated high school in 1964. My parents (aka The Greatest Generation) paid much higher taxes as a percentage of income than we do today. Their taxes ensured I went to practically new schools at every level. 

Should we deny the same benefits to today’s young people, just to enjoy a few more consumer goods? We want our school facilities to be first-class—this is our town, these are our schools, and we have local control over this issue.

I encourage you to support our students and educators by voting yes on Proposition H.

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