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Before you Vote, Consider The Real Cost of Marin’s Add-On Property Taxes
Oct31

Before you Vote, Consider The Real Cost of Marin’s Add-On Property Taxes

Before casting their usual “Yes” votes, Marin residents should question what’s up with the spate of add-on local parcel and bond taxes on the November ballot. What exactly are these taxes paying for? Is the burden shared equitably? How do taxes that rise much faster than most residents’ incomes affect our communities? Many Marin homeowners are already feeling the pinch of add-on property taxes that spike their basic Prop 13 tax bill...

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Novato needs more than Rekindling
Oct17

Novato needs more than Rekindling

I was surprised to see a recent letter to the Editor in the Marin IJ by its recently added Board member Ms. Jeanne MacLeamy.  Ms. MacLeamy, was added to the Marin IJ editorial staff after being voted out of office in Novato in the last election. Ms. MacLeamy has ignored issues that have caused Novato citizens to lose trust in local government.  A few of these issues are the following: The former city manager made sure only the center...

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Novato’s School Reaches Too Deeply into Homeowners’ Pockets for $431 million
Oct12

Novato’s School Reaches Too Deeply into Homeowners’ Pockets for $431 million

“The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold will be approximately $431,000,000.” Jim Hogeboom – Superintendent Novato Unified School District – June 21, 2016 You did read that headline correctly, $431 million of your money. It’s comprised of $222 in bonds to be paid back plus $209 million interest and...

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Vote No on G
Oct05

Vote No on G

Would you support a 25 year term for President of the United States? The NO vote from Americans would be virtually unanimous. Why? No accountability. Measure G asks for a 25 year authority to borrow $222 Million for facility improvements without voter accountability.   NUSD prefers a weak, hand-picked, Oversight Board whose recommendations they can ignore at will. Schools need funding every few years and every few years they should...

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