Tuesday, March 19, 2013

U City School's Prop U: Where has all the money gone?

For U City residents, there will be a proposition on April's ballot which, if passed, will allow the district to borrow 19 million for improvements and repairs. Prop U will provide funds for "facility upgrades and needed repairs." However, why should citizens allow a school district that let it's buildings deteriorate borrow millions of dollars? Further, University City citizens have had to increase their property tax payments to the District 7% every year since 1996. During this time inflation has only increased 2½% annually and enrollment has declined. The district should make an accounting of increased payments before being allowed to put taxpayers on the hook for another 19 million dollars.

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