Schools won’t seek sales tax revenue |

Schools won’t seek sales tax revenue

“What would a school be if we didn’t have those (art, music, and recreational) programs? It would be a boring place.”

That was Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Terry McAteer’s opinion a month ago about enrichment programs in schools which he wanted to protect by introducing a new tax on the ballot in November this year.

On May 18, however, in a letter issued by his office to the trustees of all the school districts under his jurisdiction and the Nevada County Board of Education, McAteer revoked his plans to introduce the tax that would have increased sales tax by just one-eighth of a cent.

In his letter, McAteer explained that the decision to not introduce the tax was made after discussing the matter with the district superintendents.

The letter said: “Our collective decision is based on the fact that the November election is piled high with multiple tax issues from local road taxes to fire taxes to the $31 billion in state bonds for infrastructure. We believe the voter is being saturated with tax decisions and one more on the ballot will be overkill.”

In an article in The Union about the tax on April 22, McAteer had said, “My view is not only to be able to save those programs but to be able to create a county where every child has a safe place to go after school by eliminating ‘latch-key’ children … Opportunities for kids are diminishing, and I don’t like that.”

The May 18 letter said, in the same vein, that not introducing the tax did not diminish the importance of continuing efforts to save and enhance enrichment programs.

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