Letter: The Scotts Valley community needs to rally around Measure A
May 15, 2014 | 2158 views | 9 9 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor,

I want to encourage my neighbors and fellow citizens of Scotts Valley to vote “yes” on Measure A on June 3.

It is time for us to make something, Scotts Valley. It’s time to make a new school that will make our students and community proud.

As Owen Temple sings, “Make something, make something, while you can. Take a hammer and a nail, make something, man!”

Say “yes” to Measure A.

Katie Bagley, Scotts Valley

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Vote YES on A
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May 29, 2014
Remember to Vote YES on Measure A - A small price to pay for the future of our community.
Consuella brave
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June 02, 2014
READ THE FINE PRINT. 30-year commitment to taxes that are $57 per $100,000.00 of value. Most condos here are worth the high 400k and houses way above. Stop the nonsense. There are reasonable ways to rebuild the school. This is not the plan. A slick agency has pulled the wool over your eyes--plus many seniors don't know that they have no exemption--even on low fixed incomes.
hddh
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May 29, 2014
Remember to Vote No on Measure A - this will cost taxpayers hundreds of dollars every year for over 25 years - check your tax bill. This is a significant tax increase that applies to all SV residents and property owners. It is time for school administrators to find other ways to fund this type of project rather than just implementing another financial burden on taxpayers. Taxpayers should not feel pressured or bullied to approve this just because it's a school tax. No more new taxes and No on Measure A.
Mr M
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May 25, 2014
I will vote no on this. Everyone should pay, especially those with lots of kids should have to pay the most.
Big Paco 55
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May 16, 2014
in response to "yes on A".

No one wants to have a child be in an place that is unsafe. Is that what you are saying that they are NOW unsafe? If it was really unsafe no one would be in the school, the school would be "yellow tagged".

I am not saying we don't need a new school, what I am saying is not to punish the home owners of Scotts Valley and have them foot the bill. This should be everyone pays not just a few. This is what is wrong with this Measure. This is not just a one time tax of $300 or $400. it is every year for 25 years of $300 to $400. I will gladly pay my fair share as long as everyone pays not just the few. NO on A!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Consuella brave
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June 02, 2014
You are absolutely right. The retrofit and other scare tactics are dreamed up by this slick "purchased" group that is attempting to frighten people into paying for 30 years--huge taxes for one school and some other fixes. This is madness.

No senior exemption is totally unfair and my son received a safe, and superb education in the building. They are not falling down--it is not yellow tagged. Don't fall for this chain around your neck of taxes NO ON MEASURE A

SENIORS: You especially have a great deal to lose on fixed incomes. This could force you out of the area.
Big Paco 55
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May 15, 2014
NO on A!!! I have lived in Scotts Valley for 28 years, both my kids went to this school and had a great education. It is not because of the school it was the teachers. With good teachers you can get a good education in the middle of a field. We can not afford another TAX. Are you a property owner? If yes, then look at your property tax bill. You will see that this isn't the only one that was voted in favor of. It is not a lot of money but if you add it up with all the others it is. NO ON A!!!!!!!!!!! Look at the real cost.

YES on A
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May 16, 2014
The reason for this measure is not to provide a better education (although it will benefit academics as well) but to provide a SAFE environment for the students. The school is beyond repair, it must be replaced. Yes with the excellent teachers I guess one could envision 600 students sitting on a muddy field in the frigid cold of winter discussing poly sci in an attempt to understand why some in the local community have total disregard for their safety.
hddh
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May 17, 2014
How come every time the school district needs money they want to implement a tax on the community - (Measure K most recently). This tax is way out of line. Look at your tax bill - every 100k of assessed value will equal 57.00 for over 25 years (400k of assessed value will equal 228. per year for 25yrs) - I have never heard of a jurisdiction that has levied a tax for that long of a period for that amount of money. Every time your assessed value increases so will your tax for that year. Sooner or later the tax rate will be so extreme that prospective home buyers will shy away - new school or not! Let's look for alternative ways to fund the replacement - grants, etc. If Measure A passes then that will open the door for another "school tax" right around the corner - NO on Measure A!!!!!


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