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Temecula Agrees To Pay Higher Property Taxes For Schools

Temecula residents passed Measure Y with 63.03 percent of the vote.

Temecula voters Tuesday said they are willing to pay higher property taxes to fund local schools.

Measure Y asked Temecula voters to approve $165 million in bonds to be issued by the Temecula Valley Unified School District in order to make improvements and upgrades across its campuses.

Residents responded by passing the measure with 63.03 percent of the vote.

According to the TVUSD, funds from Measure Y would be used to:

  • Upgrade classrooms, science labs, computer systems, and technology infrastructure to keep pace with advancing technology;
  • Renovate, update and modernize facilities and equipment to provide new and expanded career technical programs and advanced courses in math, science, and technology so local children are prepared for college and good-paying jobs;
  • Improve energy efficiency, and reinvest the savings in programs such as arts and music;
  • Repair and replace roofs, floors, walkways, lighting, electrical and plumbing systems; and
  • Add classrooms, labs, and other facilities to meet student needs and reduce overcrowding.

Under Measure Y, the district will be authorized to sell the bonds and levy taxes against property owners within the district to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The district has stated the average property homeowner will pay about $28 a year, however the amount can rise. (Click here to read a tax rate statement on Measure Y.)

Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:02 AM
I've lived here 25 years, I am sick and tired of throwing money at the damn bureaucrats and overpaid teachers and their damn unions in the public schools!! I already get to pay bonds for schools, on top of my regular property taxes, state taxes, and federal taxes - I know this community is NOT predominantly Democratic so what in the hell is up with increasing our taxes again?!! My daughter's through school, and YOU didnt have to increase your taxes to do it, why should I have to?! Where the damn money from the casinos that the schools were supposed to be getting? Probably just went for new big screen TV's in the teachers lounges, and trips to Hawaii for the kids field trips - I am not kidding, my nephew is going to public school and is getting to go to Hawaii - subsidized by the taxpayers money. My daughter got a field trip to Carl's Jr. in 1997 here in Temecula public schools!!! I am FED UP with the crap here in this town, you wanna talk about communism, I have to pay more taxes for your kids??? Thats what I call communism!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:05 AM
What about those of us who dont HAVE kids in school? How do you think WE feel?! Most of you didnt even live here when my daughter had overcrowded schools every single year here in Temecula because they were building so many homes so fast they couldnt keep up with the schools. She had over crowded classes every single year all the way through high school in 2002. Now, I'm supposed to pay MORE taxes so YOUR kids, who do NOT have over crowded classes, can have a better "learning expericence"?!! Bullshit.
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:05 AM
That was a totally out of line remark there JJ, but typical of Temecula idiots.
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:07 AM
You people have had chances to vote for school vouchers, we wouldnt be footing this new tax bill if you had approved it, and not listened to the teachers unions bs, but Noooooooo, you had to vote against vouchers, not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES!!! Theres no cure for stupid.
Net November 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
This was a definite ploy that got people mixed up and confused, so they would vote on the measure. I'm sure if they called it measure "N" there would of been more no's than yes's. There is a reason why they called it measure "Y" so people would vote yes on it. I don't get why everyone wants more tax increases. Hell, we're getting taxed to hell and back on gasoline already, why in the world would you want to tax more onto anything else like measure Y and prop 30 for teachers who are already overpaid, tenured, and probably not doing a good enough job as they should be, because they've got it made already!? Hey, what's with the stock market!? I thought the economy is on the road to recovery? Good job, those of you who voted for Obama and failures like Jerry Brown.
JJ Mclure November 09, 2012 at 02:01 PM
they'll hire illegals to install it too
Carolyn November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
You posters are obviously in the minority in this town. Thank goodness.
KB November 09, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The informed unfortunately are always in the minority, meanwhile the ignorant are truly the vast majority.
TVOR November 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I think we need to completely privatize the grade school system. The government has proven beyond doubt they are incapable of running it.
KB November 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Choice is good - I want vouchers.
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Good point there djsc3!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 09:13 PM
YOU are in the minority on Patch here "Carolyn", and just because you got higher taxes paid by those of us without kids in the system, theres no need to gloat!! Anybody who wants higher taxes in this depression is not playing with a full deck or fully informed of what the school actually DO with the money!! I am, and, you're correct, educated people ARE the minority here unfortunately. Thank goodness? No, I dont think so.
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
This has been tried at least three times in the state of California, and every single time, the teachers unions spend MILLIONS of our money to get it squashed. How can the intelligent compete with the teachers unions money??? Hasnt worked yet, the ignorant, unfortunately, LOVE to vote. Thats why I dont go around saying "VOTE!", I prefer "Educate yourself on the issues/candidates, THEN VOTE!" Most people see a sign and then vote because that name, or No on 37 pops into their heads. I can almost see why the crooked politicians stay in for so long, its so damn easy fleecing the public sheeple!!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
My name is Linda McDonald by the way, I am on Facebook, for those who would like to "friend" me. I ran on the school board about ten years ago, and if I had kissed the unions butts (they "interviewed" all the candidates to see who they would "back") I would be on the board today, but I am a person of principles, guess that lets ME out of politics!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
We dont ALL have school age kids Dave, guess that never entered your tiny brain did it??!!!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
What?!! What are you talking about 2nds and 3rds on homes??? What does that have to do with the topic we are discussing here? Wow, you people really need to learn how to "focus"!!
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Good point KB. If I had a renter in my home, I'd raise their rent to pay the taxes, definitely! Apartment building owners should do the same thing. As it is, I have no kids in school but I get stuck with the bill, when my daughter got screwed because we were in the middle of "growing pains" and our city council wouldnt force the developers to put in the schools FIRST before bringing in thousands of kids!! Well, we arent building more homes at this point, we are definitely caught up with schools, so why in the hell should we have to pay more at this point? Yeah, I'm pissed, this is definitely not right.
Frustrated November 10, 2012 at 01:12 AM
It gets better...the TVUSD schools are impacted with kids that transfer in FROM OTHER DISTRICTS...their parents don't pay the highter taxes, because they come in from MVUSD, Hemet Unified & elsewhere, but WE get to foot the bill! If you don't like the schools where you live...move.
Michael November 10, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Ok. First, everyone says GOHS wasted their money on an elephant when it came out of ASB funds none of it from the school or school district. And now you guys are just through crap at the district. Is this your living or something. Get over the fact that you have jobs (with the education you guys seem to have on this page, I am starting to think you have no jobs) and there are a ton of teachers getting let go a year. The money is trying to get spent on teachers and supplies as well as it can. This money is going to the district. You guys just want to find a place to just start crap and insult anything about a school you can. And if we don't buy new security systems now guess what???? They school's will broken into and then your kids will have nothing to use to get an education. So why don't you try ruining your carpet and getting crap on it and then leave your doors open at night and then see how you feel when you need a bunch of money. Dare you to try it!!! Or are you CHICKEN
Michael November 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
SAN DIEGO!!! I couldn't think of worse place to go except Hemet and Los Angeles. You should be grateful to be in Temecula. At least we have one good school GOHS.
TemecuMom November 10, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Michael, it doesn't matter what fund the elephant money came out of, it was still an irresponsible use of funds. It makes people not want to participate in fundraisers when they see the money raised being used so wastefully. As for security, the district turns off all of the lights outside the schools at night to save pennies on electricity but then spends big bucks to remove the graffiti and vandalism caused. Not too smart. BTW, I do have a job. I work for the district and I voted a big, fat "no" on Measure Y because of all the wastefulness I see day in and day out. The district is way to top-heavy, creating more and more unnecessary administrative positions that could have funded salaries for the teachers and support staff that work in the trenches with students.
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I need new carpet!! Everybody wanna pitch in? Teachers are already making waaay more money than most of us out working in the real world, with no pensions, insurance benefits, paid to go to school, etc etc. $70,000 a year for a teaching position? Yeah, those poor teachers! How many other unions do you know have the power and money of the teachers unions? I dont know of one. I make less than $30,000 a year and I work hard at two jobs!! Can we have a re-count on the votes for this? I just cant believe anybody would actually vote to raise taxes.
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I could care less about the damn carpet!! What annoys me is having to pay more money for kids who come out uneducated and teachers making far too much money as well as the blantant waste in ALL the public schools. You may save a couple pennies on lighting TemecuMom, but have you got any idea how much is wasted on WATER every night? I doubt it, why don't you go down some evening to the schools and watch how much runs down the drains? The entire public school system is set up to waste money, OUR MONEY, why? Because they can!! The more they use, the more they can demand the next year, with little to no accountability, they dont care, its the taxpayers money anyway, and we just keep giving them more and more, expecting to get better results with the kiddies!! I dont care what your kids turn out like, mines already through the damn system, but I sure as hell am fed up with having to spend more of MY tax dollars on totally unimportant trivialities. I could actually USE that money for myself, for something important, like food, gas, utilities........!!
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Then send em to a private school!!
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Check the air quality Dave, and the temperatures, they just might have something to do with it!! Its why I moved here 25 years ago, there were hardly any schools here then for my daughter! I'm sick and tired of the whiney Orange County parents and their namby pamby kiddies demanding I pay higher taxes so they can get a great free public school education. If you want your kids to have a better education - send em to private school!!! Then YOU can pay for YOUR kids, NOT ME!!
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Sounds like a great idea to me Frustrated, unfortunately we are dealing with the terminally ignorant and greedy here.
Michael November 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Temecula Mom, first I see where you are coming from. But, with the elephant, what else ASB supposed to spend their money on. It's agaisnt the law to spend it on school supplies, that is the districts job. So we have to find something cool to spend it on. Not all people appreciate it, but, some people liked the elephant. Now for you working for the district, I don't know if your a teacher or not. If your a teacher, I don't know how you see the money wasted because that stuff is kept secret or something. But, if you actually work at district office then I can see how you know all this. My dad is WSB teacher at GOHS and he was told by Mr. Ritter (Tim) that if Prop 30 didn't pass then they were probably going to get another pay cut.
KB November 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
That Measure Y and Prop 30 easily passed illustrates the glaring problem with direct democracy: The average voter is not only utterly uninformed and clueless, they are also self-centered. Tragedy of the commons.
TVOR November 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Letting the state manage the school system is like letting an ape oversee a china store.
Ned November 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
What is really bad is that the CTA put pressure on the state to vote that child molesters that are teachers still get paid not let go. Look into it yourselfs. The teacher in LA that did all those things to the kids is getting paid by you. Great job. Go CTA. CTA does it to the kids not for the kids. Again read up on it. Your Taxes at work.

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