OPINION: Vote no on QCUSD bond election

As a town we recently voted in favor of funding all-day kindergarten. I was in favor of that. Then we voted for another big increase in school funding.  Consequently, my property taxes increased by 21 percent.

Never mind the fact that the enrollment of Queen Creek Unified School District students was flat for the previous three years while staffing increased by 20 percent. Never mind that property tax revenues are continually growing as more and more new homes are built.

Now we have another school bond that will significantly increase our property tax bill. Let’s put this into perspective. It is proposed to spend up to $95 million of your tax money plus up to 10 percent interest. That will accommodate up to 1,941 more students — and that assumes that these students will choose QCUSD over a charter school. That equates to spending almost $50,000 per student, or $77,000 per student when you include interest.
It also fails to acknowledge that with the growth of the community we will be adding more property tax which will add revenues to cover increased costs of education. And we will never see our property taxes decrease because someone will always put more projects on the table.

The funny thing is that it will always be to “benefit the children” — just like legalizing marijuana will “benefit the children” — with the taxes that will be paid to the schools.

Right on the tail of a 21 percent property tax increase,  do we want to give it another 15 percent boost for this school bond? Are we crazy or what?

I have six children. I put a high priority on education. But for the sake of the children, let’s not tax them out of house and home. Vote no on the school bond.

Greg LeCheminant
Queen Creek

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