Vote ‘No’ on high school district bond

By Graham C. Ledger

RE: Prop AA: San Dieguito Union High School District $449 million bond proposal

As the founding member of the 858 Tea party and parent of a Torrey Pines High School student, the San Dieguito Union High School District’s planned $449 million bond offering on the November 2012 ballot is exactly what we stand against: increased taxes, wasteful use of tax-payer dollars and a disconnect with/disrespect for the very people the board is sworn to represent and act in the best interest of:
• Pork. The bond is filled with unnecessary pork projects. Example: $33.9 million for Canyon Crest Academy — a brand new school!
• Shell Game: The bond moves monies from solar projects (with low-interest loans) and the Torrey Pines Football field improvement into the bond, to be paid-for over the next three generations.
• No Future Monies: If the bond is passed, it will hamstring schools with obsolete equipment while crippling the district from seeking fresh monetary streams down the road.
• Open Ended Earmarks & Junk: Tens of millions of dollars with open-ended earmarks that can be spent at will and with no justification.
• Methodology: The bond consulting company that performed the survey (Dolinka) biased the polling results (favorable to the bond) by asking leading questions and asking non-homeowners if they would approve a bond. It is homeowners who will pay for the bond —not nonhomeowners.
• Tax Rates: Property tax rates will go up significantly to pay for the bond. On a typical North County Coastal home of $1 million dollars, the tax bill would increase some $250 per year. That’s on top of any other new taxes assessed against homeowners.

This board has shown it cannot even balance its own checkbook. In fiscal 2011-2012, the board ran a deficit of $3.5 million. For fiscal ‘12-’13, it’s projected that the district will be millions more in the red.

Enough! Image how this board will squander $449 million!

I strongly urge a negative stance and a “no” vote on this bond. I suggest to the board to find another way than a general obligation bond to improve and upgrade schools.

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  3. High school district board to vote on bond
  4. San Diego County Taxpayers’ Association supports high school district bond, opposes Del Mar school district bond
  5. High school district board approves bond for November ballot

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