Letters: Bond may help kids today, but will hurt them in long term

November 14, 2008 12:00 am

Do Del Norte residents know what they have gotten into with Measure A, the $25 million school bond levy? I have lots of questions.

This is a $25 million loan at up to 12 percent interest for up to 40 years (per the voter pamphlet).

This will be an "inheritance" that we will leave for our children. They will be paying for it when they buy a house. We will be paying for it for the rest of our lives. What happens when schools need repair in 10 or 20 years? Do we get another bond when we will still have another 20 years to go on this one? How did Del Norte do without bonds for the past 44 years? Are our children going to be thanking us in 20 years that they still have 20 more years to pay?

Do Del Norte residents know that the biggest money to push this bond came from San Francisco, Yreka and Eureka businesses? (Triplicate, Oct 21., from Superintendent Jan Moorehouse.) We have to pay it off, not them. Their businesses profit at our expense. The $30,000 they spent for the campaign could have fixed a lot of the problems they portrayed. You don't invest $30,000 unless you have a lot to gain.

Do we have anyone in office that can pursue the usual state funding as other counties do? Weren't part of our property taxes supposed to go schools anyway? Weren't schools the reason for the California lottery? What's happened and will it happen to this money also? We were assured of our tax dollar use back then to get the vote, too.

Steven Perez said, "It's not just what happens to kids but what it can do for us today." (Triplicate, Oct. 21.) I'm thinking what it does to us and the kids for the next 10, 20, 30 and 40 years from now. There are better ways.

Bob Higgs

Smith River