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Supervisors Oppose Jerry Brown's Tax Increase As Local School Districts Sound Alarms

Riverside County supervisors take a stand against Proposition 30.

As officials from some local school districts and statewide universities look to voters for budget relief through Proposition 30, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has voted to oppose the initiative.

Supervisors Jeff Stone, Marion Ashley and John Tavaglione voted Tuesday to denounce Prop. 30; supervisors John Benoit and Bob Buster abstained from taking a stand. Buster represents Lake Elsinore and Wildomar; Stone represents Murrieta and Temecula.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30 is on the statewide Nov. 6 ballot. It asks California voters if they are willing to incur a quarter-cent, or 3 percent, increase in sales taxes on all transactions and elevated personal state income tax rates for residents earning more than $250,000 a year.

Prop. 30 proponents argue passage of the measure is imperative because money is needed to help close California's $16 billion deficit and maintain the current level of funding for public school education and the University of California system. Without the hikes, proponents say nearly $6 billion in education cuts and other state programs will be necessary.

Bill Cavanaugh, president of the Lake Elsinore Teacher Association, has rallied in support of Prop. 30 and some Lake Elsinore Unified School District officials have expressed budget concerns if the governor’s initiative fails on Election Day. 

Murrieta Valley Unified School District officials contend their district is facing an $11 million shortfall for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that is expected to increase to $21 million should Prop 30 not pass in November.

In the Temecula Valley Unified School District,

. The University of California Board of Regents has endorsed Prop. 30, noting that if the initiative fails, "UC is scheduled to receive a budget reduction of $250 million this year and lose an additional $125 million next year."

The Prop. 30 proposed sales tax hike would be in effect until the end of 2016, while the higher income tax rates would expire in 2019. The governor has characterized the increases as "temporary."

For individual earners with gross annual incomes between $250,000 and $300,000, tax rates would rise 1 percent; those with incomes between $300,000 and $500,000 would have to pay 2 percent more; and those earning more than $500,000 would shoulder a 3 percent increase in what they pay in state taxes.

According to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, the higher sales and income tax burdens would net the state an additional $6 billion annually. The income tax hikes would be retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year.

Prop. 30 also includes a provision guaranteeing that so-called "realignment" funding will be available to counties in the coming years. Realignment involved shifting many state responsibilities onto localities beginning last October.

For instance, counties are now responsible for supervising many paroled felons and prosecuting them for violations. Convicts who fall into various "non-violent" categories also now serve their time in county jails instead of prisons, sometimes for years.

The Legislature implemented realignment without promising to make good on future obligations associated with counties taking over state functions. According to Prop. 30, some of the revenue generated from the higher tax rates would cover those costs.

But in campaign literature, opponents note there is no specified formula regarding how the new revenue will be disbursed.

"It gives Sacramento politicians a blank check without requiring budget, pension or education reform," opponents wrote in the official voter information guide. -- City News Service contributed to this story.

5150 October 17, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Here's a thought, all the idiots that voted for Brown can pay the tax increases, the jackass was governor once and all the stupid people in Ca vote him in again , you get what you vote for !!!
5150 October 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Jerry Brown is the 4th stooge, what a tool. The only person dumber is the jackasses that voted him in!
gordon October 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
the only people who are more in the "moonbeam" than the governor are the school board members who created budgets believing this proposition would pass. instead of putting pressure on the voters to approve their bailouts, teachers unions and school boards should be putting pressure on the legislature to cut this state's budget (which is as phony as their own) and wasteful spending on their liberal entitlements agenda. then pressure the governor to stop sending our school tax dollars to washington d.c. to be wasted by that bureaucracy.
Stamford Bridge October 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Brown is a loser jackass...We all know that, but WE morons here in California voted that geek back in...As long as Californians adhere to strict Liberal politics and policies, we will always have these problems. I am voting YES on prop 30 and prop 38...CRAZY I KNOW as a republican. But at some point, politics have to be put aside and we gotta save our schools. I honestly don't think the public understands how bad it is, this could truly be the last gasp for education as we know it. My wife teaches HS locally, she pays for her own class supplies, she pays for her own copies, she has students who have to share textbooks, and she has 44 students in a class that legally can't have more than 40. Also, she has to make special arrangements for ELL, Special Ed, and Special needs students. She has 9 of those. And they all need to achieve state standards. I know, that's part of the job, but every year the state cuts the budget and more and more responsibilities get heaped on teachers, for less pay. To my fellow conservatives out there, please learn more about these measures, the trickle down will be quite severe if something isn't done...
TVOR October 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I say vote no on every bond issue, tax increase, and any other measure that would result in taxpayers shelling out even more of their hard earned money. We need to force the government to live within it's means.
Teller of Truth (The real one that is!) October 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I say YES on every bond issue. Although I am a proud vegan, I think that all foods should be labled. Who cares about the drought and the hardships of California growers. We all deserve to know what is in our foods!
JP October 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
No new taxes. Cut spending.
Lash LaRue October 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
So she is a non producer, Getting Govt welfare as per the communist manfesto. See plank # 10 The Communist Manifesto 1.Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. 2.A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. 3.Abolition of all right of inheritance. 4.Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. 5.Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. 6.Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. 7.Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. 8.Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9.Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country. 10.Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.
Teller of Truth (The real one that is!) October 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Vegan, vegan, vegan. That is what they need to offer kids at lunch. If their parents want them to have a meat sandwich then they should provide it. Cut meats from the budget to save money!
Jeff October 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I do a lot of traveling to other states. California taxes & fees are dramatically higher than almost every other state (with only 2-3 states about the same). This includes, sales tax, income tax & various fees. (Thanks to Prop 13 our property taxes are about equivalent to other states.) This might be acceptable if we had the best roads, schools, inexpensive universities, parks, public transportation, etc. However, California is nearly the worst in all these areas. So we have the worst services and the highest taxes. Now the state wants more? Does anybody really believe that higher taxes will yield to substantially better services? California needs to make fundamental changes in its budgeting process to dramatically reduce cost and reduce taxes (not increase). The states that are doing the best these days are states with the lowest taxes. Texas & Florida are the best examples. Both have lower sales taxes and NO state income tax. I really do feel sorry for the state of our schools these days. That problem needs to be fixed. However, more taxes to feed the California bureaucracy is not the answer. No on 30 & 38.
Diana October 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Jerry Brown is an idiot, cut the WELFARE system, food stamps, free medical and EBT cards that in itself would save Caifornia billions that could be used towards our schools. I vote no or 30 & 38. Anything that raises taxes I am against, California Administration needs to learns to make cuts and balance their budget, we tax payers already pay more then our fair share for them to squander away on stupid free programs.
5150 October 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Vote no on any new tax increases, the school system needs to buck up! Stop the whining, use the money they already have more wisely. C'mon man!!
Teller of Truth October 17, 2012 at 09:25 PM
THE ABOVE POSTER IS IDIOT KEVWILD> He is such a loser, liar, dweeb. troll. tweeker, that he has to rip off other poster names! He has done it to 5 people already. Please join me in leaving our editor Toni a voice message voicing your distain for anyone that rips off another & tries to defame & libel them. Together we can make a difference. Toni @ 951-265-6430 Thank you for your support. Lets get Patch back on track!
Teller of Truth October 17, 2012 at 09:27 PM
AGAIN THIS IS KEVWILD SUPER TROLL RIPPING ME OFF! WHAT A LOSER!
Diana October 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
OMG, I feel the headache coming on again trying to figure out who is who, really you guys were my favorites on here, what happened!!!
Jeff Spicoli October 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Does Arizona Value Its Students More? I'm a former resident of Arizona, and saw how cuts affected education there. In Arizona, in 2010, under a conservative governor (Jan Brewer), a 1% sales tax measure passed overwhelmingly (3 - 2) to pay for public education and public safety. Citizens of Arizona, a state well-known for fiscal responsibility and low taxes, recognized there was a need for revenue under the circumstances. One Percent (1%) was not too much to pay for funding education to its necessary needs--even in Phoenix, where sales tax went to 9.6%. Is .25% too much to fund public education and safety in California? Do Arizonians care more for their kid’s education than we do in California? I love the schools that my kids attend in Temecula, California and I appreciate the hard work from their teachers. I'm willing to pay .25% sales tax to fund great public schools in my town and others in the state of California. Our current tax rate in Temecula is 7.75% (it will go up to 8% when it passes), way less than Phoenix's 9.6%. If a proposition in Arizona that totally funds education, can be passed and supported by its people. Than the people of California, should support Proposition 30 and public education. Vote YES on Prop 30, No on 32, No on 38
Diana October 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM
@Jeff, no we are no different then parents from AZ and we do care about our children's education. If California adopted the same immigration standards that Jan Brewer put in place in AZ and the tax increase actually went to the schools and education then I would have no problem with a tax increase. However with the taxes that are already in place for all of us that money goes to the welfare programs and illegals. Until CA Government realizes that they need to revamp our welfare system and start deporting the illegals that fill our jails and prisons I will never vote for a higher tax. If it actually went to the schools, maybe but I have a feeling it will just keep feeding those that are not entitled and our schools will still suffer.
Jeff Spicoli October 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM
@Diana, In my opinion, I truly believe the citizens of Arizona in 2010, when voting for Prop 100, we were not thinking about "the Illegals!" They were analyzing the massive cuts in education, that would affect all children in Arizona. Just like my vote in California, it is for "all the children in California!" Immigration has nothing to do with prop 100 or prop 30. It is hilarious reading all the spin. By the way welfare, free reduce lunch and head start school are great programs. I saw quite a few White Anglo-Saxon Protestant needing and using these programs in Arizona. Get informed, proposition 30 does the following; 89% monies go to k-12, it does not pay pensions, it pays back monies taken from prop 98, the state borrowed the last four years. Estimated at 20 billion dollars and we all have seen the aftermath that the last four years has had with districts; (furloughs, cuts, and class size). Also, it puts a big band aide on the wound. It is not additional monies. Example, 2007-2008 school year ADA per student was $5,800, 2011-2012 ADA is $ 4,445. It will go down close to $4,000 Jan. 1st 2013, if it does not pass. The other 11% goes to health & safety. This money is audit and has no red flags. Child care will cost more if your child loses 15 days on instruction. Get informed citizens of California. Yes on 30 :)
Diana October 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Jeff, I can appreciate your passion for the schools, my Niece graduated high school last year and now is attending college that is costing her parents a small fortune, and yet those kids that come here to go to school from another State get to attend at cheaper tuition, also if you're here illegal you can go to school under the Dream Act for free. I will not give more tax money to California for them to squander. I have no problem supporting the schools anyway I can through donations, sponsorship and supplies but letting the Government tax for it, good luck getting that money for the school when it is needed everywhere else, in my opinion.
Diana October 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Well it appears that Teller of Truth got his wish, he and Kevin have both been removed from the Patch.
Mozzie October 18, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Diana, Hope it's over
Jeff Spicoli October 18, 2012 at 02:25 AM
@PMKD, I totally agree on supporting "Y", You know"Y"... It is a small investment for great, positive, outcomes. (1), increase in property value. (2), increase commerce (businesses moving in town), sustainability economically (3) a diverse educational work force. Great investments you think? 4 Years (.25%) from, 7.75% increase to 8.0%. Better than Phoenix's 9.6%, 7 Years = 500,000 Joint, (PIT) Public Income Tax revenue increase 2.0% (9.3% to 11.3%) Public Education Is" KEY" to California and Temecula. Yes, on "Y" & Yes" on 30? Love & Peace, Your friendly Neighbor :)
Popeye October 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Stanford Bridges you wife already met me!!! Ha ha ha Tea Bags. Ha ha ha
Jeff Spicoli October 18, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Right On Dude! Yes on 30!!!
KB October 18, 2012 at 06:53 AM
No on Measure Y - it is a tax increase among other things. Don't saddle our kids with this debt. Please watch my brief video on measure Y: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7BE0snmHyA
KB October 18, 2012 at 07:08 AM
The 2012 API scores for Temecula schools are not that great overall. More taxes and loans/bonds will not solve or even help the problem - Measure Y just means more taxes and debt for Temecula residents. No on measure Y - and you NO Y. Please see my brief video on Measure Y: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7BE0snmHyA
KevWild October 18, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Diana, I wasn't removed. I have no clue what's going on with ToT.
KevWild October 18, 2012 at 07:32 AM
: Popeye. Shish.
KevWild October 18, 2012 at 07:50 AM
: And hello Mozzie
Ned October 20, 2012 at 03:21 AM
It is all coming to an end for the libs. They are fighting each other over taxes. no more money the unions well soon leave them and move on.

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