Dr. Ken Williams Opposes Irvine Unified School District Tax Hike
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Irvine, CA (April 30, 2016) – Orange County Board of Education Member Dr. Ken Williams has announced his opposition to Measure E that would impose $319,000,000 in taxes on just a portion of Irvine Unified residents.
The measure, which is on the June 7 ballot, would make the Irvine Unified School District one of the five most indebted school districts in the state, surpassing the statewide school boards association's own debt and rivaling San Francisco. Passage of Measure E would have IUSD surpassing even Poway Unified, which made national headlines for its out-of-control borrowing and directly led to reforms in state law to ensure another Poway could never happen again.
"Raising taxes on Irvine Unified residents is not the solution. It is wrong to overspend the people's money on wasteful bureaucracy, Wall Street banks, and big contractors," Williams said. "It is time for politicians and bureaucrats to limit the scope and size of government and start making fiscally responsible decisions and finding ways to balance the budget without raising taxes."
As a member of the Orange County Board of Education, Williams has led the Orange County Department of Education as the proven fiscal conservative on the board. His voting record as a governing county board member reflects his pledge of "No New Taxes" and the financially strong fiscal viability of the county department of education.
Williams serves his constituents as their consistent conservative voice on the board, promoting traditional family values, public safety and safe schools, high academic standards, educational accountability, parental rights, and a "back to basics" approach to education.
During his first campaign for office, Williams defeated a twenty-year incumbent by running on a "back-to-basics education" theme that resonated with the voters of Trustee Area 3. A home-grown community leader, he is a native of Orange County who graduated from the county's public schools. He is a family physician in private medical practice since 1986, and is on the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital, Hoag Hospital, and family practice department chairman at Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Trustee Area 3 consists of the cities of Brea, Irvine, Orange, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda; the communities of Anaheim Hills, El Modena, North Tustin, and Orange Park Acres; and portions of Lake Forest, Tustin, and Orange County's canyon communities.