Letter: Support schools with Proposition 30

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I have been teaching for 33 years. At my school we have been laying off office, transportation, maintenance staff, teacher aides, cutting transportation routes, in-service training, days in the school year, closing the library, re-purposing old computers, increasing class sizes, and running classrooms on bake sale money. All while fuel, electricity, water and materials costs have gone up. My small school district of 600 students is looking to lose in addition to the $775,000 loss we are already experiencing, another $240,000 as of Jan. 1. The additional loss of funding for El Dorado High School District is estimated to be about 3.8 million. What will be the losses to your school? This is a disaster! Proposition 30 will get its funding from a temporary tax on the top 2 percent of taxpayers and from a very small temporary sales tax (for 4 years) of .25 percent that would amount to about $63 if someone spent $25,000 on taxable merchandise. A couple making $300,001 will pay 1 cent on the $1 over $300,000. A couple making over $1,000,000 would pay 3 cents for every dollar over $1,000,000. We can afford this. Proposition 30 is our best hope for saving our schools. Louise Iverson, Folsom