Letter: Costs of Measure A too high for Scotts Valley taxpayers
May 15, 2014 | 2292 views | 11 11 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor,

Again, yet another tax proposal for Scotts Valley.

Measure K (schools) was recently passed, along with a local sales tax increase, and now taxpayers could potentially take on the burden of Measure A for 30 years.

No one in Scotts Valley will be exempt from this measure that will increase property taxes for 30 years. There should be another way to reach the goal of replacing the Scotts Valley Middle School without a tax increase of this magnitude.

If this measure passes, Scotts Valley will be on its way to becoming the city with the highest tax rate. All property owners, please read your tax bill to check your assessed value to determine how much of an increase you will incur.

This will cost some homeowners upwards of $400 or more every year for 30 years.

Take the time to read about the costs of Measure A before you vote.

David Gigliotti, Scotts Valley

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SV Homeowner
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May 22, 2014
I have voted NO on Measure A. I am not willing to pay $433 per year for 25-30 years for this bond based on the assessed value of my home. Property values will NOT increase due to the passing of this bond. That is pure speculation. Stop the rhetoric!
Support Measure A
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May 15, 2014
No one likes an additional tax, yet I fully support Measure A and believe we have little choice but to increase taxes to repair our crumbling middle school. Our schools are the foundation of our society which is why I find it very disturbing when City leaders speak out of both sides of their mouths. Dene Bustichi is our Vice Mayor and a supporter of Measure A. What you may not know is that he owes $24,227 in delinquent property taxes on his Scotts Valley property parcel # 02249115. Jim Reed our current mayor was until this past February delinquent paying his property taxes on his Scotts Valley property parcel # 02270107. Shouldn’t our Mayor and Vice Mayor pay their taxes and be fiscally responsible? We entrust them to handle the City finances. Please support measure A because it is the right thing to do despite the fact that our Mayor and Vice Mayor don’t always pay their share of property tax which if paid would help fund our schools.

Big Paco 55
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May 15, 2014
NO on A!!!!

We can not afford more TAXES. We are being taxed to death. Look at you property tax bill and see how many different ones we are paying for. It may not seem like a lot of money but add them up and then add this new amount and it is frighting. Everyone should pay for this not just property owners. If they renters of scotts valley think they would be impacted they are wrong. The landlord will raise there rent, that is how they will pay. They are forcing out those how want to purchase a house in Scotts Valley. We just can not afford another TAX!!!!!!!!!! NO on A!!!!!!!!!
Renter
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May 16, 2014
I am a renter and I will gladly pay an additional $300 to $400 or whatever the breakdown is per year to support Measure A. My child will be out of SVMS before the construction even begins...but it is a small price to pay for the safety of the future students in our community.
Big Paco 55
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May 16, 2014
In response to "Renter".

Ok. I will be more than happy to just write a check for $300 to $400 just tell me where to send it, in fact i will hand deliver it. That is not the point, it is not $300 or $400 it is over 25 years!!!! Not a one time fee but $300 x 25 years!!!! $7500.00

How does that sound? not good. Look at the real cost. NO on A!!!!!!!
Consuella brave
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June 02, 2014
No, it isn't the buildings, but the families that make a school. I work in the number one school in California, and we have old buildings, but vibrant family support, strong teachers, good communication with our "customers"--the parents.

This 30-year tax is not the way to go--take it from me a teacher.

NO ON MEASURE A
Daria Sahifa
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May 15, 2014
It's a school tax proposal, it will pass. People are afraid to vote against a school tax.

Maybe more accountability for past school tax measures?
Hddh
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May 19, 2014
I do not agree that people are "afraid" to vote against a school tax. Voters and taxpayers should not feel "bullied" or "pressured" to vote for increased taxes no matter what the cause may be. This is an extremely high tax for an extreme amount of time (25 years). It is time for voters to stand up and say no - send the message to school administrators to find alternative ways to fund this project. Why should community members suffer with additional and higher taxes for the next 25 years. Vote NO on Measure A.
Renter
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May 20, 2014
No, people are not afraid to vote against a school tax.

People are tired of being taxed!
Hddh
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May 20, 2014
Well Renter, you pretty much summed it up - tired of paying taxes! So here is our chance to say NO and vote it down! NO on Measure A!
Consuella brave
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June 02, 2014
Renters have no skin in the game. They can move at any time. And, watch as those rents go up as landlords try and pass the 30-year tax to you.


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