Voices from the Media
Message from Lynda Johnson
Lynda Johnson, Facebook, October 28, 2014
Dear ABC Community:
A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by the Press Telegram and was given the opportunity to voice my concerns
regarding Measure AA.
This is from the October 17th issue of the Press Telegram:
Lynda Johnson, vice president of ABC's school board, is among the measure's opponents. In July, she cast the sole vote
against placing Measure AA on the November ballot. The six other board members approved the measure.
"Everyone in the community who's for or against the bond agrees our schools need to be upgraded," Johnson said. "We all
want to provide our students with a 21st century learning environment, but only with a [well-developed] plan."
Johnson said the school board only held two public meetings about Measure AA. Initially the school board proposed
placing a $235 million bond measure on the ballot but reduced the amount to $195.2 million after public outcry. She said
that a "sensible plan" would have been in the works for 18 to 24 months with plenty of public input.
She also questioned how the funds will be allocated and said that the district had not yet prioritized a list of
"Taxpayers still owe a balance of $42 million on a bond from 1997 that was originally for $59 million," Johnson said.
"That bond is not due to be paid off until 2034. If this bond measure passes, they will pay the last bond from 1997 and
then tack on this new bond. This bond will not be paid off until 2051. For every dollar that's borrowed, taxpayers pay
back nearly two dollars. This $195.2 million bond will cost taxpayers $380 million with interest."
Johnson said that as a board member she has a fiduciary responsibility to the public and that means making unpopular
decisions at times. Her views have been echoed by groups such as Vote No on Measure AA and United Homeowners Alliance. The
former estimates that the bond measure will result in property owners paying at least $200 annually in increased taxes.
I want to thank the many community members that have attended our school board meetings, asked questions and voiced
their concerns. They are valid questions and concerns. I, too, share those same questions and concerns.
Election Day is next Tuesday. I urge our senior citizens, business owners and ABC residents to let their voices be
heard. Please vote on November 4th.