School trustee’s truly unbelievable Palo Alto property tax proposal

Dear Editor,
Congratulations Jim Rogers you are no longer the worst school
board trustee in Gilroy. Dave McRae, taking up the cardboard

Give us money!

sign, says that Gilroy should pass a parcel tax, the most unfair
tax there is, because Palo Alto did so. He whines,

We cannot compete,

claiming Gilroy teachers are thus underpaid.
Dear Editor,

Congratulations Jim Rogers you are no longer the worst school board trustee in Gilroy. Dave McRae, taking up the cardboard “Give us money!” sign, says that Gilroy should pass a parcel tax, the most unfair tax there is, because Palo Alto did so. He whines, “We cannot compete,” claiming Gilroy teachers are thus underpaid.

But according to the data in the June 16 Dispatch, Gilroy’s median income is 69 percent that of Palo Alto, yet the average Gilroy teacher salary is 76 percent (that of Palo Alto). McRae must have learned math at a Gilroy public school (probably from Dale “More Money” Morejon).

Anyone who has been involved in schools – especially anyone who has given time to both public and private – knows that public education fails primarily due to lack of respect, caused at least in part by whining, spineless “trustees” like McRae, not to mention attitudes revealed by Gilroy High teacher Wayne Scott’s e-mail dissing parents.

Take a look at your property tax bill. On it you will find two taxes (bonds) that you are already paying. Even if your house is assessed at a mere $345,000 (merely half the current Gilroy median), you are ALREADY paying the district an extra $480 a year – more than the $400 in McRae’s “challenge”! Oh, but that’s not enough! It never is. McRae has the gall to tell us that MORE MONEY will make Gilroy a high-achieving district. And if you care, why, open your wallet and show it by throwing money at the problem!

Just consider the pro-gay protest (the Day of Silence) in April by some teachers at Gilroy High. Such political action is prohibited in both public and private workplaces, but McRae and the district did not have the spine to stop this unprofessional behavior and force the lackeys to take their political agendas off campus.

THAT’s why you can’t compete, Dave! Much like Superintendent Edwin Diaz, your only skill is holding up your piece of cardboard.

Alan Viarengo, Gilroy

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