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Opinion - March 19, 2010

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On reevaluating 'Shoreline Community' property tax funds

I'd be all for the district requesting tax money from the city and Google, as long as a few Google accountants and managers were allowed to go the school district and audit their books for waste and then recommend some cutbacks to management and more emphasis on teacher support and effectiveness. Fair enough?

The Plow, a resident of The Crossings neighborhood

This sounds like they are somehow bypassing Prop 13's (very unfair) limit of 2 percent per year growth in assessed value of property. If only that were true for everyone — then the schools would have plenty of money, even without the Shoreline district.

I don't want to ditch Prop. 13, but I sure would like to get rid of that 2 percent per year limit.

Doug Pearson, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood

It is high time for the city to start forking over some dough to the school district. Property values and quality of life are closely dependent on the quality of education offered to the children of Mountain View. Whether anyone will want to live here, buy a house here, and send their children to school here while working at these companies, is an extremely important part of the equation.

localmom, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood

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