Postcarding in the Park - Westside
Start: Saturday, June 29, 2019• 2:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 29, 2019• 5:00 PM
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You probably know that parents and communities overwhelmingly supported the recent teacher’s strike, with teachers calling for smaller class sizes, higher pay, more money for classroom supplies, more school nurses, etc. What you may not know is that our school’s lack of funding can be traced back to the 1970s when a proposition was passed allowing property owners to pay taxes on the value of the property when it was purchased. This was meant to keep seniors from losing their homes, but in reality it means that large corporations like private golf courses, gas stations, movie studios, etc. are paying almost nothing in property taxes despite the current value of the property being worth billions. All of that adds up to enormous loses in money that should be going to schools. The Schools and Communities First Act will make taxation equal for all corporations by requiring corporations to pay taxes on the current value of their property. It won’t affect homeowners, small business with property under $2 million, or residential property of any kind (so won’t affect renters). It will create $11 billion annually that will go to local communities with the majority tagged to go directly to schools and the rest going to community mental health, libraries, parks, etc. It’s a win-win and you can make a huge impact by helping get your elected officials on board.