On the same day we received notification of an AUSD survey supposedly designed to prepare for a new parcel tax – and supposedly not provided to the general public – the owners of the Marina Village marina have taken out a half-page ad in the Alameda Sun denouncing Measure H.
First off, here is the survey link: http://www.survs.com/survey?id=BUEQDXWB&channel=JLZBMPS5JB Why is it “not to be given to the general public” – is the Alameda Education Foundation and AUSD trying to falsely gin-up support for a new parcel tax?
Now, we’d like to reproduce the entire ad in the Alameda Sun, which is written as “An Open Letter to the Superintendent and School Board Members” and signed by Steve Meckfessel, who writes “We are the owners of the marina at Marina Village.” However, at half of a page in small type, it’s too much to re-type. If Mr. Meckfessel is reading, we’d be happy to reprint the entire letter. For now, here are some highlights:
As a commercial property owner, [we] pay11 times as much as a residential property owner, in proportion to the value of the property.
So under the second test, we pay 13 times as much in Measure H assessments as do commercial property owners, when measured in proportion to income.
In this case, the measure miserably fails the third test [marina residents with or without children in AUSD schools] – there again is an extreme inequality in the payment by commercial properties in comparison to the benefits received.
Meckfessel closes the letter with “The commercial property owners are not asking for a free ride – just a fair shake. We want to begin supporting the schools again. We want to use our money, time and resources for the schools, not against the schools.”
We encourage you to read the full letter in the Sun.