Mansion or cottage, $50 flat tax sought for schools

first_imgState Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, who supports Proposition 88, said the needs still far outweigh the available funding. “The needs are critical,” he said. “Public education today is still underfunded. In terms of dollars on the per capita basis, we lag behind all but half a dozen states. “Is it a panacea? No. Will it help, will it make a difference in students’ educational opportunities? The answer is definitely yes. It’s an opportunity to provide additional resources in the classroom.” Mitchell said proponents decided to go with a flat fee rather than one tied to property values because they did not want a tax that increases as values rise. They chose $50 because they felt it was small enough to not cause financial hardship or have a substantial impact on a person’s decision to buy a property. But the measure has another quirk that could place a proportionally higher burden on timeshare owners. Depending on local county tax laws, every individual owner of a timeshare could have to pay the $50, meaning a single unit could be taxed up to 52 times. The timeshare provision varies according to an individual county’s tax policies, according to officials in the timeshare industry. If the county sends separate tax bills to each individual owner of a timeshare, those individuals are likely to each have to pay $50. But if the county sends a single bill to the timeshare association or management company, which typically then sends its own bills to the individual owner, it is more likely they would only have to split a single $50 payment among all the owners. That means in some counties, if a timeshare is divided among 52 weekly owners, the total new tax bill on that unit would amount to $2,600. In other counties, it would total $50. “It’s very concerning because timeshare is a vital part of the California tourism economy and one that has been continuing to grow in recent years,” said Jason Gamel, vice president of the Washington-based American Resort Development Association, which represents the timeshare industry. “It could be detrimental to the timeshare industry and to residents of California.” California has about 12,000 timeshare units, generating at least $3 billion in direct and indirect economic impact, including $418 million in tax revenue, according to an ARDA study. Most of them are concentrated in San Diego, Riverside County, Anaheim, Big Bear, Mammoth, Carmel and San Francisco. The national median cost of a one-week share of a two-bedroom timeshare is about $17,000. Mitchell said proponents are still researching the accuracy of the claims about the effect on timeshares, but agreed it is likely to vary by county. Still, he added, “I don’t think timeshare owners are more important than class-size reduction and kids.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Every property owner in California, no matter how big or small or valuable their parcel, faces paying a flat $50 tax to fund schools under a measure voters will be asked to approve in November. Although it’s still early in the election season, the move already is generating criticism from taxpayer groups and property owners who say it would be a regressive tax that would add to the burden of average citizens who are already overtaxed. Proponents of Proposition 88 – authored by EdVoice, a coalition that includes backing from such wealthy philanthropists as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Silicon Valley investor John Doerr and SunAmerica Chairman Eli Broad – say the state’s schools are in dire need. But critics note the measure places the same tax on a small one-bedroom home in Reseda as it does on a mansion in Bel-Air or massive farm in the Central Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“I think it’s going to look foolish to have the two primary proponents, Reed Hastings, the owner of Netflix, and John Doerr, another Silicon Valley billionaire, impose a tax on everyone else that hits their multimillion-dollar mansions the same as a struggling family,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “I’m not sure they have completely thought through how that’s going to be perceived.” The measure would generate about $500 million by placing a $50 tax on every property in the state. The funds would go to specific K-12 education purposes, including class-size reduction, textbooks and school safety, plus facilities money for schools that have not received state bond funds. “Californians want better schools,” said Paul Mitchell, political director of EdVoice. “They’re very optimistic, they’re hopeful, but they also don’t want to spend money on things where they think there might be waste. This is written so it ensures dollars go straight to the classroom.” The funds would come on top of a 2006-07 state budget that already calls for spending $55 billion on education, an increase of $3 billion from the previous year. Additionally, the November ballot has a $10.4 billion bond measure for school facilities. last_img read more

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Coega port blasting ahead

first_img23 February 2005South Africa will soon have a brand new high-capacity port. Developers say Ngqura, a multi-user deepwater port on the Coega River, and part of the multi-billion rand Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), is rapidly taking shape.The government is spending about US$400-million on the port – and other improvements in and adjacent to the Coega IDZ.Construction on the port is already far advanced, and the facility is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2005. It will have a capacity for accommodating bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports.The filling up of the Ngqura harbour basin was completed in July 2004, which means that 5.75-million cubic metres of water have now replaced the 14-million cubic metres of beach sand that were removed.With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.A channel carved by an ancient glacier allowed the development of the port to up to 23 metres. Protected from south-westerly winds by a finger of land, the port’s bay has 330 anchor days per year.Coega’s cutter suction dredger finished cutting an approach channel into the basin in December, meaning that the water in the basin now rises and falls in time with the tide.“With the quay walls complete, the successful filling of the harbour basin in July last year, the dredging finished, and the steady progress of the breakwaters, our main focus at the moment is the positioning of the concrete structures [caissons]”, said National Ports Authority resident engineer Chris Matchett.Matchett said the caissons were towed into position using tugboats and positioned by a system of anchors and winches before being flooded and sunk on prepared stone foundation beds.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Antonio Brown faces rape accusations by former trainer

first_img(AP) New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing rape accusations by a former trainer.According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions.Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. Heitner said Brown and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship.”Taylor also said in the statement she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies.A spokesman for the NFL declined comment, but the Patriots say the league told the team it will launch an investigation.last_img

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13 players show up as Gilas opens World Cup qualifiers buildup

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guards at Star The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirteen players were present in the first day of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ training camp for the first leg of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, and Calvin Abueva spearheaded the attendees at Meralco Gym on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View comments Also present were longtime national team members Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood, mainstays Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Allein Maliksi, as well as cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Jimmy Alapag, Josh Reyes, and Ryan Betia assisted Head Coach Chot Reyes in the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines is preparing for its game against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before going back home where it will take on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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IPL 2014 Venues: Sardar Patel stadium, Ahmedabad

first_imgThe ground located in Ahmedabad is one of the ten IPL venues in India this season The stadium was built on the land donated by the Province of Bombay to the Cricket Club of Ahmedabad(CCA) in the early 1950s. The stadium holds the honor of hosting the first ever One-Day International(ODI) match played in India and is also the home ground to IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.With a capacity of around 54,000 spectators, the entire roof of the huge stadium is designed to be supported on only one point, a unique cantilever, pillar-less stadium – the very first of its kind in India.The stadium witnessed Sunil Gavaskar’s feat of 10,000 runs against Pakistan in 1986. In 1993, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd victim break Richard Hadlee’s record of leading wicket-taker in Tests at the same ground.Total T20Is Hosted: 1First T20I: India vs Pakistan on December 28, 2012.Highest Total(T20Is): India’s 192/5 against India on December 28, 2012.Lowest Total(T20Is): Pakistan’s 181/7 against India on December 28, 2012.Best Bowling figures: Pakistan seamer Umar Gul’s 4/37 against India on December 28, 2012.last_img read more

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CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT CAKE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement In November, New Harlem Productions will stage Cake, a new play written by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, at Theatre Passe Muraille.  The show is about Niger’s uranium mining, and it’s a part of the 54ology, St. Bernard’s project aiming to create one performance work drawn from each country in Africa.  In Cake, Oba is holding on to the last threads of his old life and is determined to maintain what he can by any means necessary. It’s a story about the things we use, how we are used, and what happens when we are all used up.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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Second suspect charged with killing Rankin Inlet boy

first_imgA male adult and youth have been charged in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.APTN NewsRCMP have charged a second suspect in the killing of a Rankin Inlet boy in 2017.The suspect is a minor and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The charge was announced days after 21-year-old Glen Kadlak Jr. of Rankin Inlet was arrested in Iqaluit, NU., and accused in the homicide of Ray Taparti Jr.Read more: https://aptnnews.ca/2018/10/09/murder-charge-laid-in-death-of-nunavut-boy-12/Taparti was 12 when his body was found in an industrial part of Rankin Inlet after he’d been missing for five days.Kadlak Jr. remains in custody.last_img

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