New Menifee School Bond Measure

Trustees of the the Menifee Union School District voted 3-1 to put another bond measure on the ballo...

Menifee School BusTrustees of the the Menifee Union School District voted 3-1 to put another bond measure on the ballot, asking homeowners in Menifee and Sun City to pay higher taxes.

You can read about in the Press Enterprise... PE_News_Local_S_sbond25.3e999ed.html

Basically, you're going to pay an extra $17.90 per year for every $100,000 of your home's value, on top of what you're already paying now. This means if your house is valued at $400,000, you'll be paying an extra $71.60 per year.

Based on what I read in the article, this additional tax revenue will pay for expansion of classrooms and build more schools.

Interestingly, the trustees are bringing up the subject of switching the school calendar back to a traditional calendar, and away from the year-round system. One trustee was also quoted as suggesting that if parents want their kids in a traditional calendar, they have to approve this measure, because we don't currently have the capacity to do it.

Last month, I posted an article on this subject, but saw the problem as a lack of available private schools.

I know there are many parents in this community that can afford to send their kids to private schools, but don't do so mainly because there aren't many available. If more kids were in private schools, there would be plenty of room in the public school system to keep our taxes down, and to keep kids on a traditional school calendar.

Going down the bond measure route, the higher families have to pay in taxes, the less likely they can afford private schooling. In other words, it's a vicious cycle of self-defeat.

I don't know what it takes to get more private schools in the area, but I think our district trustees ought to put more time into luring them into our valley.


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