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Post Letter to the Editor - Oct 23 2014
by Post Editor : letters@portervillepost.com

Dear Editor, I'd like to let your readers in on an interesting debate concerning Measure B and whether general funds can be used for building repairs as opposed to asking for another $67 million dollar bond.

First I am told by PUSD board member Dave DePaoli that PUSD can absolutely use general funds for repairs the district claims they need. Mr. DePaoli says that putting 5% of the general budget towards building projects is completely attainable and can be done without asking tax payers for any additional money.

Second, I recently read an editorial by Henry Franco, the current Porterville Educators Association Union President who says that the general fund budget already is earmarked for ongoing expenses and cannot be used for building projects. So the question is can the general fund be used for building projects as Mr. DePaoli states or is the general fund basically untouchable as Mr. Franco states?

Upon doing some additional research I found an article penned by Superintendent John Snavely that ran in the Recorder on August 30-31st. Mr. Snavely proudly states that over the last 5 years the district has replaced 20 portable classrooms with new permanent classrooms and in 2015, the district will replace nine more portable classrooms at Belleview Elementary.

These 29 classrooms are being funded by the district out of its general fund at a cost of $8.5 million. Additionally, the district has funded $10 million in various other construction projects such as remodeling campuses, cafeteria expansions and building a swimming pool at Strathmore High School.

So the district has funded $18.5 million in building upgrades recently without the need for another school bond as Mr. DePaoli clearly correctly stated. I would encourage everyone to take a look at their current property tax statements and see that taxpayers already are paying for up to 6 prior school bonds with Measure B making number 7.

While we all understand that using some of PUSD's $125 million dollar budget for building improvements will take longer, it is certainly better than putting a new $67 million bill on a credit card with farmers, business & homeowners stuck making the payments.

Thanks ... Jerry Pundt jgpundt@hotmail.com from Porterville, CA.

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