Measure O: Invest in hope rather than tax us to death.
I received a flier in the mail that informs me of Measure “O” and I wish to suggest that the Morongo Unified School District organize a tax-free bond initiative instead of targeting land owners.
A tax-free bond would give the school district money for needed projects, plus allow people who have money to invest it.
To tax property owners right after the fire department just forced every property owner to pay $157 per parcel affects poor people like me, because I am renting and the owner may raise my rent to compensate for being targeted twice in one year.
The property owner has grown children with no grandchildren. While we all benefit from a more educated local population and schools do need to keep up to current technology, targeting land owners is unfair and it hurts renters.
Please, consider changing Measure O to be a tax-free bond instead of a tax targeted on land owners; rather than increasing the tax burden on land owners and renters (both low income) who cannot afford to have another increase to the cost of living, encourage tax-free investment.
The better way to encourage hope for tomorrow is via tax-free investment in our schools and community with a voluntary purchase of tax-free bonds. Even one bond encourages low-income people to save for the future, rather than punish people who own property by demanding taxes.
To add the Morongo Unified School District tax on top of the fire department tax in the same year is hurtful to our community, especially when the school district can get money encouraging hope for the future with a tax-free bond instead.
Positive action, not punitive taxes.