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By Jose Granda
Just on the issue of fairness, Measure E should get a NO vote by a large margin. Read below to learn why. This country is based on the concept of equality and fairness.
- Some get to vote so that others pay. Measure E allows seniors regardless of income, not to pay the parcel taxes, but they get to vote to impose these taxes on you, the homeowner. Oh, yes, it is good for our grandchildren, but let someone else pay for their education. Is that fair?
- Some do not pay the parcel taxes at all and do not live in Davis but get to send their kids to Davis Schools for free. 450 students from out of town families who do not pay these parcel taxes get a free ride. How fair is that to Davis residents? Measure E does nothing about this.
- Others do not pay these taxes equally but they also get the same educational services. Regardless of income, those who live in apartments will pay ($20), but if you live in a home you will pay ($446). That is 22 times more. However, the education provided to children from parents who live in apartments is exactly the same as that for kids who live in a home. This group too, gets a free ride and gets to vote to impose the taxes on you the homeowner. Measure E does not consider income; it is based on where you live. How fair is that?
- Others have a house and can not vote but still have to pay.
There are many reasons to vote NO, but on the fairness issue alone, it should go down by a large margin.