Propositions 30 and 38, on the November 6 ballot, increase funding for education by increasing taxes.
The board heard from Dr. Trudy Arriaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, who spoke in support of the propositions, and Dick Thomson, president of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, who spoke in opposition.
Both presentations were well received and there were many questions asked of both speakers. After a motion to take a neutral position on the propositions failed, the original vote was upheld.
"The willingness of the board to further consider its original decision on Propositions 30 and 38 is indicative of its recognition of the importance of these issues to the business community, education and Ventura County," says Bill Buratto, VCEDA president/CEO. "By design, the VCEDA board represents a diverse group of people and interests. This diversity gives the board the ability to collegially debate issues and develop positions. There was much discussion on both sides of the issue and it was a tough decision, but in the end, the board stands by its original position."
VCEDA plans to move forward with the 42nd Annual Business Outlook Conference (BOC) on November 7 with the theme: Business and Education: A Partnership for the Future, which was in the planning stages well before a decision on the propositions was taken.
“Regardless of the fate of the propositions on election day, VCEDA believes that business and education must come together to find local solutions to help schools overcome their fiscal challenges and to educate a workforce for the 21st century Ventura County economy," noted Buratto. "We hope VCEDA's close relationship with local educators will help find the answers to these challenges."
Established in 1949 and recognized as the premier business voice of Ventura County, VCEDA gives members an opportunity to interact with Ventura County’s civic, corporate, small business and government leaders. VCEDA’s mission is to advocate for policies, legislation and programs that stimulate and contribute to business growth, a vital local economy and a vibrant quality of life. For more information, call 805-676-1332 or visit http://www.vceda.org.