School board starts tax on new developments
The North Clackamas School Board last night implemented a new excise tax on residential, commercial, and industrial development. The excise revenue will allow the district to purchase and prepare sites for future schools, and to help defray the cost of new school facilities.
No word on whether this new "make housing more expensive tax" will go to Clackamas school facilities like El Puente Bilingual School.
"El Puente's mission is to offer an enriched bilingual educational experience in which all students achieve high academic standards and celebrate cultural diversity."
This school literally has a requirement that 40% of their students be "native Spanish speaking."
A word from our Principal, GM Garcia
Approximately half of the students in each class come from Spanish speaking homes. The other half live in homes where English is spoken. Both groups attend El Puente because each child wants to become bilingual in their first language plus that of their peers (Spanish and English).
In earlier grades most of the instructional day is in Spanish.
I seriously started this post with the intention of highlighting the absurdity of government making housing more expensive and then offering to help people pay for housing that is too expensive...
Housing and Rental Assistance Information (Clackamas County)
"The demand for low-rent public housing is high. The current waiting time for available units ranges from 18 to 24 months."
But after five minutes on the school district web page I have found enough superflous programs to make your head spin. (Everyone on the Diversity Task Force is going to need to get a real job) It's so hard to focus on the whiners talking about unaffordable housing while at the same time making housing more expensive when the whole "reason" for the tax, which is in theory that the school district needs more money, is so laughable.