Letter to the Editor: Votes ‘yes’ on measures E and U
October 2, 2014
There has been some concern expressed about the proposed school bonds (Measures E – lakeside and U – Truckee side) on the November ballot.
The trustees did not take the decision to place the bonds on the ballot lightly. After all, who likes taxes? This was not a matter of idle folly nor an opportunity to build the Taj Mahal(s), but rather a recognized need that we have several school sites which require major upgrade and renovation to assure delivery of 21st century learning programs.
Our community has been tremendously generous to the school district. Unfortunately, the state does not share the same values. Funding of this nature, which was historically underwritten by the State, is no longer available thus leaving local communities to fend for themselves. So here we are.
We pay fire taxes to protect life, limb and property. It's just that simple. We pay public safety taxes to protect life, limb and property. It's just that simple. We pay hospital taxes to protect life, limb and health. It's just that simple.
But we pay taxes to our public school system to assure our children are provided the absolute best tools and educational opportunities in the safest learning environments possible. As a community, it is our duty to prepare them as best we can for the day they leave the cocoon of K through 12th grade for the sometimes harsh real world. It's just that simple.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but the three foundational legs of a strong and vibrant community are education, public health and safety. A strong public school system contributes substantially to the economic and social fabric of its community, the state and ultimately, the nation.
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We are the stewards of the seeds of our future. It's just that simple. Please vote yes on measures E and U.
Tahoe Vista, also a trustee on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board