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Why Send a Note Home on the Bond Proposal?

September 28, 2002

I read with great amusement the L.A. Unified School District's attempt to sell higher taxes ("District to Correct Tax Assessment Figure," Sept. 20). First the LAUSD used our tax money to write the "back to school" letter to 630,000 parents with children in our public schools. It can't even get that right. Was it an attempt to deceive? The letter read that the bond issue (on the Nov. 5 ballot) was only going to cost (increase taxes) $5 per month. Now, because it should have read $5 per month for every $100,000 of assessed valuation, the district has to send another letter (costing $10,900) to correct the first letter.

How many houses in Los Angeles do you think carry only a $100,000 tax assessment? How many workbooks would the money it cost to send both letters have bought? I was under the impression that all the voters in the November election will get a booklet explaining the pros and cons of that $3.3-billion bond issue. Why did the LAUSD think it necessary to just let the parents of school students in on its bogus information? Taxpayers, be aware of what this bond is going to cost every property owner in L.A. Break it up; don't vote to raise your taxes!

Bill Conroy

Northridge

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