TUSD gets budget relief with Prop 30
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 20, 2012 | 2988 views | 11 11 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy Unified School District officials and trustees breathed a sigh of relief at a Nov. 13 meeting thanks to voters who passed Proposition 30 on Nov. 6.

Under the proposition that passed by a 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent margin, California income taxes will climb 3 percent on households earning more than $1 million; by 2 percent on households earning $600,000 to $1 million; and by 1 percent on households earning $500,000 to $600,000. All those increases expire after seven years.

The initiative increases the state’s sales tax by a quarter-cent per dollar spent for four years.

Although Prop. 30’s passage does not mean Tracy Unified will receive additional funding from the state, it does mean the district’s budget will not suffer additional cuts, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Casey Goodall.

And that, Goodall told Tracy Unified trustees, should allow the school to stabilize a budget that has been severely cut the past several years.

“I’m confident we will meet the current obligations and two subsequent years,” Goodall said.

However, Goodall said he must conduct a formal analysis of the current budget and two future budgets to be sure — the school district is required by law to forecast its income and spending three years into the future. He plans to present his findings to the board on Dec. 11.

Members of the Tracy Educators Association cheered the proposition, and before Election Day urged voters to pass it.

“For me, the key words are stability for the next year or two,” said John Anderson, the president of the association, in a Nov. 13 phone interview. “The real fight is to protect public education from deeper cuts than it’s been through over the last five years. Important to remind the public this is a good cause.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.



At a glance

WHAT: Tracy Unified School District School Board

WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 13

WHERE: District Education Center Board Room, 1875 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: President Jill Costa, and board members Gregg Crandall, Walter Gouveia, Ted Guzman, Greg Silva, Bill Swenson, and James Vaughn were present.

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backinblack
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November 21, 2012
CR, Funny post but c'mon now, bringing someones family in should be off limits but I'll let Dale be the judge. As far as your move let me know when and I will gladly follow through on my offer, however, I get bored carrying light stuff so promise to save the heavy lifts for me and we're on.
ciscokid52
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November 21, 2012
This isn't a surprise to me. That's why I am prepping to head out of town, too, back to the Dublin hills or Pleasanton. I won't have to worry about shelling out more out of my pocket for public schools my daughter doesn't even attend being in private school for $600/month here.
backinblack
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November 21, 2012
sneaky, Remember the lottery? It also was supposed to keep us from hearing about schools needing money. Give it a year or so if that and you'll be hearing the same thing, we need more money for the schools. My bet is this will do nothing and all you did was feed the beast by voting yes. The other concern I'd have is about the increases expiring after 7 years, yea sure, I'll believe it when I see it.

Hey Chris, are you one of the bumpkins? If not maybe you can take all the money you make and move out of what you obviously view as a miserable place to live. We all have your address so if you decide to move please post a notice on this website with the time & date, I'll be happy to stop by and help you load the truck, I'll bet Dale would be willing to lend a hand.
dcose
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November 21, 2012
Chris's unhappiness with everything Tracy is legend. Can he find satisfaction elsewhere? Stay tuned.

maybe you can talk more about your concealed weapon Chris. It appears to bring you some sense of superiority. Do you bring it on campus too?
ChrisRoberts
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November 21, 2012
Hey black, actually hopefully in a few years I will be moving to San Ramon, so you can help me load the truck. Thank you.

Dale Cose is too busy with one of his grand children who has a substance abuse issue, so it will probably be just you and me.

dcose
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November 21, 2012
Chris dissembling,

when did my grandchild arrive and why didn't you elect to inform me?
dcose
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November 21, 2012
Chris,

I should have asked the name of my Grandchild. What is it?

Sneaky
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November 20, 2012
I dont usually support these things but did vote for this one. Now at least I wont have to hear about the schools not having enough money for at least 7 years. If they attempt to come back to the taxpayer teat before then it will be clear that they are just wasting whatever they get their hands on.
tracyresdnt
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November 21, 2012
I can't believe you think the schools aren't going to complain about resources for 7 years. I give it a couple of months at most.
ChrisRoberts
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November 20, 2012
Considering how few bumpkins in this town earn 250k a year, much less 100k, I fail to see how Tracy Unified, which is already a joke, will get any relief.

Forget Tracy Unified, put your kids in the Jefferson School District and go St. Mary's for high school.

Thank me later when your kid is not a parolee.
arkhog64
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November 21, 2012
It doesn't matter if we have people make 250K or whatever. It's across the whole state. That money is then used toward education, across the state.

You do realize also that you have pay for that St. Marys education?

It also doesn't matter where they go to school a bad apple is a bad apple, look at all the highly educated thieves that run Wall Street and such.


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