Prop 30 and Water Acquisition on Claremont Council Agenda

The council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Proposition 30 and the water system acquisition will be among the topics discussed by Claremont’s council tonight.

The public meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 207 Harvard Ave. in Claremont.

City staff has put together a report detailing some of what Proposition 30 entails. The measure is a tax that could raise some $6 billion to fund schools. If the measure does not pass, it would mean school districts across the country would lose millions from their budgets during the current school year.

Several educators spoke at the Oct. 9 council meeting and asked for the council to consider supporting Prop 30 arguing it would be devastating for the schools if it fails.

Council members asked that it be included in this week’s agenda.

A closed session discussion will also be held prior to the public meeting to review a Water Acquisition Feasibility Study report that was recently completed.

Officials said the discussion is important but it is not known what kind of action will be taken. If no action is taken, City Manager Tony Ramos may not have a report in the issue.

The city has been in a long running battle with its water provider Golden State Water Company over water rates.

Matthew Lyons October 24, 2012 at 06:32 AM
At the council meeting tonight, Claremont City Council passes a resolution IN SUPPORT of Proposition 30 AND stands in solidarity with it's school district and educators. I applaud their collective action in support of our kids. Thank you.
Lorraine Pozniak October 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The only problem is that Prop. 30 gives Sacramento the ability to use the money for other than education. Prop. 38 is better, as it shuts down that possibility.
Caryn Mason October 26, 2012 at 05:18 AM
It's no mystery where Prop 30 funds go besides schools -- toward "Public Safety" including "Services to youth who are abused, neglected, or exploited ... Mental health services to children and adults... Preventing, treating, and providing recovery services for substance abuse..." (Voter Guide, P. 80).
Caryn Mason October 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
It's not too hard to see how much you'd pay for the next 12 years if Prop 38 passes. A couple making about $100k per year pays about $1,000 more. A single income making $50k pays about $400. I don't think most people realize what a huge tax prop 38 is (Voter Guide, p. 124). Also, 38 claims to be an education bill for "Our Future," but doesn't fund public colleges. It's short sighted to pour extravagant resources into k-12 for "our children" and let our colleges crumble.
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