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Our position on November measures

Posted: October 23, 2008 8:31 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Measure R: MTA Sales Tax - Before we formed the city of Santa Clarita in 1987, our unincorporated valley was sending millions more each year to downtown Los Angeles than we were getting back in services. That's what Measure R does. It taxes you an extra half-cent whenever you go to the store, and spends a disproportionate share of the revenue on politicians' pet transportation projects in downtown Los Angeles. Proponents like to say, "everybody gets something." Sure. If somebody takes $1 from you and hands you back 30 cents, you got something. You got the shaft. Vote no.

Measure SA: Hart School District Construction Bonds- Unlike Measure R, all $300 million in bond money for the Hart District would stay in the Santa Clarita Valley, where school officials intend to complete campus renovations and build a high school in Castaic. Parents in Castaic have waited long enough, and antiquated facilities don't foster a healthy learning environment. Our children need what Measure SA provides, and the school superintendent has publicly promised to expand the role of the oversight committee to make sure it happens. Vote yes.

Measure S: Sanitation District- The state is breathing down our necks. We have no choice. We've got to remove chloride from the Santa Clara River. But local voters have a choice: Pay four times more in sewer fees - hundreds of millions - to build treatment plants and a brine line to remove chloride from the Santa Clara River, or force owners of polluting water softeners to remove them - the type used in only 4 percent of homes - and give them a rebate. Measure S saves SCV residents hundreds of millions of dollars. Vote yes.

Measure U (Unincorporated county only): Utility Users' Tax - Cutting a tax from 5 percent to 4.5 percent sounds nice, but do you really think the county woke up one day and decided to cut your taxes? Sure this measure cuts the tax rate - but it expands the number of telecommunications devices that will be taxed. Cell phone calls. Pagers. Text messaging. So while the rate goes down, you end up paying more. Vote no.


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