FAIRFIELD — Residents in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will be asked what they think about a parcel tax and what programs such a measure could fund.
The survey by Santa Cruz County-based Bregman & Associates, estimated to cost between $17,500 and $20,000, won approval Thursday by school district trustees and follows a previous decision to pursue a public opinion survey about a possible tax.
“This is a survey to find out what the community wants,” said David Isom, president of the board of trustees.
George Guynn Jr. of the Central Solano Citizens-Taxpayers Group said the school district didn’t have to spend the money for the survey.
“If the public wanted new taxes they would tell you,” he said to trustees. “Taxes should be hard to pass,” he said. Otherwise it’s an open pocketbook for the district to get to whatever it wants, he said. “You’ve got a Taj Mahal here,” he said.
Superintendent Kris Corey said the survey will help show if the community supports a parcel tax. Bergman & Associates guarantees more than 400 responses, according to the school district.
Trustee John Silva said residents of a school district in Southern California approved funding of computer tablets for students.
“People are willing to pay for what they think is important,” Silva said.
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