Orange County Register – Yes on Proposition 51

ICYMI: Yes on Proposition 51
By Teresa Casazza  |  October 20, 2016

“In November, California taxpayers will have a number of initiatives to consider, including one – Proposition 51 – that will make an important investment in California’s aging school facilities.

California’s schools are showing their age. Approximately 30 percent are more than 50 years old, and many need major renovations to meet basic health and safety standards. Also, many counties are growing, and need new schools that are well-equipped to prepare students to enter the workforce or the higher education system.

Proposition 51, a state school facilities bond, will help school districts fix and repair outdated schools and build new schools where needed. The measure will replenish the School Facility Program Fund so that districts can access matching state funds and protect local taxpayers from higher taxes…

If Proposition 51 isn’t approved, how will school districts meet their needs? Through local tax increases on property owners – taxes that hurt communities, harm small businesses and increase housing costs for working families, renters, and homeowners…

Proposition 51 is a far better solution. It continues the existing partnership between the state and local communities to invest in school infrastructure, which ultimately will protect taxpayers, create jobs and ensure that all children have access to schools that can meet their educational needs.

The California Taxpayers Association has joined more than 400 diverse and respected organizations and elected officials throughout the state to support Proposition 51. Supporters include the California Chamber of Commerce, the California State PTA, California State Firefighters, the California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party and much more.

CalTax urges you to vote “yes” on Proposition 51, to invest in California schools the smart way.”

Read the full article here at The OC Register website.

Teresa Casazza is president and chief executive officer of the California Taxpayers Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that has been advocating for taxpayers since 1926.

To learn more about this vital measure, please visit YesOn51.com.