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Original post made by Informed Voter, San Ramon, on Apr 15, 2009

I am voting "No" on Measure C. Our District is sitting on 6.9 million dolars for times of "economic uncertainty," plus it is sitting on another 5.6 million dollars in "unencumbered reserves," and it has another 1 million dollars to aid with school needed purchases (replacement desks, etc.).

The Measure C campaign wants you to believe that class-size reduction would "go away." Why the scare tactics? Are you voters putting two and two together when reading one of the ballot arguments, which supposes that a "yes" vote will help retain qualified teachers? The last time we had a parcel tax vote, the teachers received a series of permanent raises. While I believe that no parcel tax funds will be used for teacher's salaries, I know that class size reduction has, in years past, been paid for out of the general fund. If we don't pay class-size reduction from the general fund, then it frees up money in the general fund to pay for teacher's raises. It's moving money from one pot to the next (strategies they have used before) so they aren't "technically" breaking their promises. This type of behavior/strategy is exactly what makes the voters mistrust the District. Also, in years past, almost all pink slips issued were rescinded prior to the start of the new school year and very few jobs were lost.

Vote NO on Measure C. Have the courage to find out just how resourceful our District can be when it HAS TO BE.

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Posted by Community courtesy
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on Apr 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Dear Dolores,

With the excellent work Geoff Gillette had done in fact-checking claims by TDW Forum authors, would you please ask Geoff to validate Informed Voter's reserves references and any requirement for such reserve balances mandated for a State school district such as SRVUSD.

In neighbors' research of on-line budgets posted to the SRVUSD website, such reserves were actually future capital expenditures already budgeted for educational and facilities purposes. As voters, neighbors needed to know if unused reserves exist for the operations of schools and their programs and none were actually found that did not have a immediate purpose in 2009/2010.

Let's respect Informed Voter's information and provide SRVUSD budget study references so all voters can have perspective of sources and uses of funds.

Hal, as a community courtesy

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