NORM PETERSEN, San Clemente

Mike Pouraryan is the latest cheerleader for raising taxes “for the children” with his recent Letter to the Editor regarding Measure H and Measure I.

While I admire the fact he volunteered his time to serve on the committee and serve as vice chair, I must question the logic of lobbying for once again another tax simply because those in Sacramento (Democrats) can’t do their job properly. 

We had to fix our own roads in Orange County with Measure M for the same reason. Bonds are not free money. Property owners pay for it with a tax increase. Landlords then raise the rent to pay for it, hurting those who can least afford it.

Businesses raise prices to pay for it. If voters approve these two bonds, it simply encourages more bad behavior in Sacramento. Vote no on H and I, stop voting for Democrats, and recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

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  • Just say No to Measure H.

    “If voters approve these two bonds, it simply encourages more bad behavior in Sacramento.”

    Mr. Petersen, you hit the nail on the head. We pay taxes to fund our schools but when those entrusted with these funds misspend them, taxpayers are again asked to pay for what they’ve already paid for. The issue for me isn’t whether our schools require needed repairs, it is that taxpayers have already contributed. It is now Sacramento’s job to fulfill their duty in ensuring these taxes are well spent and directed to their intended purpose, not blown on self-serving, community undermining projects. We got conned on the gas tax (at least those who voted for it), I suggest not being suckers…again.

  • Vote NO on Measure H and Measure I and Prop 13. Here’s why:

    1. We ALREADY taxed ourselves before to fix our schools. Instead, CUSD spent $5mil on a new office building.
    2. If we tax ourselves here locally, Sacramento will just use that as an excuse to give us less money. So, we pay more taxes and end up with nothing.
    Voters throughout the state need to ask themselves whether these bonds are truly necessary and urgent, or yet another bailout for bad financial management of the state’s schools.

  • record amounts are being collected
    Changes in assessed value have a corresponding impact on property taxes. Orange County’s total assessment roll was $526.1 billion for 2016-17 and increased by 6.02 percent to $557.8 billion for 2017-18. Orange County’s property tax distribution is 62 percent to schools, 11 percent to cities, 6 percent to county government, 11 percent to special districts, and 10 percent to Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund. Orange County is a donor county, sending some of our property tax dollars to other counties under the current state formula

    no new taxes inless you like measure g for george he needs the money

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