Yet Another WCCUSD WTF (What the Funicular) Moment

This en­try is part 1 of 3 in the se­ries “Kramer vs. Kramer” to “Kramer vs. Ramsey”

Here’s a great a tid­bit from tonight’s school board meet­ing agenda:

D.3 Communication Strategy for Fair Assessed Valuation

Comment: Over a two-year pe­riod, the as­sessed val­u­a­tion for prop­erty in the West Contra Costa Unified School District de­clined by 19% re­sult­ing in sub­stan­tial hikes in prop­erty taxes for prop­erty own­ers in mak­ing pay­ments on the district’s bond mea­sures. During the last year prop­erty val­ues have in­creased sub­stan­tially while re-as­sess­ments of prop­er­ties have not kept pace as re­quired un­der a key mod­i­fi­ca­tion to Proposition 13 (1978). The com­mu­ni­ca­tion con­sult­ing firm, Whitehurst/​Mosher has been re­tained to sup­port the district’s ef­fort to have as­sessed val­ues com­ply with the Prop 13 re­quire­ments.

John Whitehurst and Jill Nelson-Golub from Whitehurst/​Mosher will pro­vide a re­port to the Board on how the dis­trict en­gage lo­cal of­fi­cials and com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure that the 2014 as­sess­ments are aligned with Prop 13 val­ues.

So, ba­si­cally, the West Contra Costa school dis­trict wants to use money that could be used for in­struc­tion to hire con­sul­tants to pres­sure lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to raise the as­sess­ments on people’s prop­er­ties, so tax­pay­ers pay more in taxes over­all, but the per­cent­age rate on school bonds is lower than it would be oth­er­wise, so the school dis­trict can say they’ve held down the in­di­vid­ual rates, so the elec­torate (pre­sum­ably at the next Presidential elec­tion) must ap­prove yet an­other (7th) bond mea­sure that raises taxes more… With the pas­sage of the Local Control Funding Formula, our dis­trict will even be able to hire an ex­tra team of con­sul­tants for this.

I am to­tally verklemt. I love this school dis­trict! Where else can I see such a unique po­lit­i­cal sci­ence ex­per­i­ment in progress. Well, there is a price for ad­mis­sion for some of us. What can Charles Ramsey not get away with?