Skeptics should organize
Voters made their feelings about local public education clear on Tuesday. Of the approximately 3,500 people who bothered to vote, more than 74 percent said yes to Measure A, a seven-year $98 annual parcel tax.
The assessment will fund a variety of educational programs to the tune of $3 million a year that the state no longer has the ability ” or will ” to pay for.
Much has been said ” and continues to be said (see column below) ” about the need for Measure A.
Those who were skeptical about the measure even planted a few signs around town urging voters to “just say no.” By and large those folks opposed to the assessment questioned how the funds have been and will be spent.
But it’s not a mystery. In fact, the decisions are made by our neighbors who comprise the Citizens Review Committee. Along with Tahoe Truckee Unified School District employees, there are parents and interested residents on the committee. Decisions on how the money will be spent are made right here, not in Sacramento.
So if you are a homeowner and are really concerned about the stewardship of your $8 a month, do what some of your neighbors have done and get involved. Go sit in on committee meetings, we’re sure the members would like the company.
And if after seven years you’ve hung in there like supporters of Measure A (and Measure S) have done for 16 years and you’re still not convinced your money should be going to providing our children with a broad-based education, then mobilize the opposition.
You would think that seven years would be enough time for a few grass roots to take hold.