Opinion | Hoyt Hillsman: Why I Am Voting For Measures I and J

Published : Monday, October 29, 2018 | 1:14 PM

Nobody likes a sales tax, and I’m no different. But I am voting for Pasadena Measures I and J because I believe in our city and I want to preserve our quality of life. Measure I, which is a ¾ cent sales tax, will support services that are essential to the quality of life in Pasadena. Without the fire, police and emergency medical services that the $21 million annually Measure I will provide, the health and safety of all our citizens will be put at risk.

Want another good reason to vote for Measure I? We are probably going to pay additional sales anyway when LA county swoops in and grabs a ¾ cent increase for itself, which could happen at any time. (Under state law, the county can impose the additional sales tax for itself, which would mean Pasadena would see very little of the tax revenue). Do we really want to send tax money to LA County that we could use for essential services in Pasadena? That would be not only unfair, but downright stupid.

And what about Measure J, which is an advisory measure that would direct one-third of the annual $21 million in Measure I funds to our Pasadena public schools. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Pasadena City College, I know how important the success of our public schools is to our community. For many our PCC students who are the first in their families to go to college, the Pasadena public schools were the most important step in securing a brighter future.

With shrinking funding from the state and federal government, it falls on our own citizens to step up and support our local schools, not only to protect our quality of life and the economic vitality of our community, but also to provide a legacy of hope for future generations. I hope you will join me in voting for Measures I and J on November 6th!

 

Hoyt Hilsman
Member, Pasadena City College Board of Trustees

 

This article reflects the personal views of Mr. Hilsman and not those of the Board of Trustees or PCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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