Thank you, Coronado Voters, for the Solid Defeat of the Prop E Property Tax Hike
In yesterday’s primary election, Coronado voters brought about the solid defeat of the Prop E property tax hike. Around 60% of Coronado voters voted NO to yet another property tax hike. Thank you, Coronado voters!
On the San Diego Registrar of Voters website for election results, here is the official vote tally from the San Diego Registrar of Voters:
PROP E – CORONADO UNIFIED SCHOOL
$29M Bonds (Req 55%)
NO – 3141 – 57.99%
YES – 2275 – 42.01%
CUSD must publicly recognize the official results of Prop E because CUSD placed . . . really rushed . . . the divisive proposition onto the June primary ballot.
The CUSD superintendent and trustees must take notice of the results and accept their defeat publicly during a publicly noticed board meeting.
The CUSD trustees must vote to adopt the official result in an official resolution to be signed by the trustee board president and superintendent. This process should be in a video and in the minutes of a CUSD board meeting soon.
What This Means
The defeat of Prop E sends the message to CUSD that Coronado residents expect CUSD trustees and administrators to get their financial house in order, cut out their notorious wasteful spending, and live within their enviably ample means.
The defeat of Prop E means that Coronado won’t allow CUSD to force us to pay principal and interest on new school bond debts for CUSD’s old School Pool boondoggle debts. Coronado voters didn’t fall for CUSD’s sneaky School Pool boondoggle re-finance scheme through Prop E.
The defeat of Prop E means that Coronado is fed up with CUSD’s continuing efforts to chip chip chip away at our Proposition 13 constitutional protection against unreasonable property tax hikes by trying to extract additional property tax dollars from us to pay off additional school bond debts. We are still paying off CUSD’s old . . . and recently re-financed . . . Prop KK school bond debts in principal and interest as you can see on your property tax bills . . . along with the Southwestern Community College bond debts that we are still paying off as you can see on your property tax bill, too.
That’s two property tax hikes over and above our Proposition 13 guaranteed limit of annual 1% property tax increases. It will be decades before Coronado taxpayers are finished paying off those two enormous school bond debts . . . for CUSD and for Southwestern Community College . . . through those two additional property tax hikes that appear on our property tax bills. Enough is enough!
What the Future Holds
The defeat of Prop E means that Coronado families can hold on to their hard-earned money to support their families and secure their children’s and grandchildren’s futures, instead of paying for yet another property tax hike through Prop E.
And it also means that one of two things will happen: Either CUSD will receive our message and find their guts required to get their financial house in order, cut out their notorious wasteful spending, and live within their enviably ample means . . . or CUSD will reject the will of Coronado voters, refuse to change their wasteful ways, and try again for another school bond or some other greedy grab for our hard-earned money.
If CUSD tries another greedy grab for yet another property tax hike in the future, remember that you heard the prediction here first.
Keep your eyes and ears open. CUSD hired and paid for, with OUR tax dollars that they received, an expensive outside consultant firm named Clifford Moss, LLC. The Clifford Moss consultants’ expensive services to extract property tax hikes for public school districts includes online advertising such as this:
Local Ballot Measures. We provide Feasibility, Ballot Measure Preparation, and related Electoral (Advocacy) Campaign services. If your goal is a revenue measure on a local registered voter or property owner ballot, we know how to guide you through the process to make the right decisions and position your measure to win. Often, our work starts long before Election Day. Clifford Moss advocacy campaigns tend to be a natural extension of the ongoing public information work we do with our public sector clients.
Most unsettling for taxpayers is Clifford Moss named partner, Tom Clifford’s, blog entry on the company website:
How to Win a Tax Measure, Even After a Tough Loss
Ballot box losses are often a major blow to a school district and community. People work hard to pass a measure. When it doesn’t win they are often sad, defeated and sometimes angry.
These feelings are normal. But a loss doesn’t mean you should give up. A growing number of communities have been able to bounce back from defeat and win — many in a short period of time after the loss.
What is the trick? There is no one right answer. That said, a recent parcel tax win in Santa Clara – a 73% victory for Measure A and Santa Clara Unified Schools – offers some important clues . . .
Continue reading Tom Clifford’s blog for more of his disturbing advice on how school districts should ignore the will of voters and re-package, re-brand, and re-submit property tax hikes as school bonds or parcel tax measures by clicking here. It’s a real eye-opener into the world of public debt financing as it relates to public school districts in California.
Hope For The Future
Our sincere hope is that CUSD will respect the will of Coronado voters and NOT try to re-package, re-brand, and re-submit yet another property tax hike after Coronado voters brought about the solid defeat of the Prop E property tax hike.
The facts show that with reasonable and necessary budget cuts . . . like we all must make in our lives if we are managing our finances well . . . along with a reasonable contract executed between CUSD and the San Diego YMCA for the management of the School Pool to transform it from an infamous, failed boondoggle into a genuine, successful financial asset that respects surrounding neighbors . . . CUSD can get its finances back on track in order to focus on their only purpose for existing . . . educating our children of San Diego County, including some of our children who live in Coronado.
We want our existing, ample, generous tax dollars to provide the best possible public school education FOR THE CHILDREN . . . not to be wasted on continued raises, bonuses, perks, travel, memberships, and more for the CUSD superintendent and administrators . . . and expensive outside consultants . . . and the School Pool boondoggle . . . and other wasteful spending.
We hope that the CUSD leaders and administrators will rise to the challenge and PUT THE CHILDREN FIRST by living within their enviably ample means.
Thank you again, Coronado voters, for the solid defeat of the Prop E property tax hike.