- Favoritism. Why were we discussing a tax break for the benefits of one specific well-connected housing development? It seems patently unfair to give this kind of targeted tax break to one small group. There are poor and unemployed people all over our district. If we believe low-income seniors need a break, there should be a district-wide change in tax law, not a negotiated exception for one politically skilled group. (BTW, before you shout "Hey, Intel gets tax breaks, so you just like companies more than low-income seniors"-- I disagree with those too. IMHO, no individual company should ever be granted a tax break that doesn't apply to all companies based on objective criteria.)
- Misappropriation. The Hillsboro school board is not a general-purpose government agency, empowered to do whatever it feels is right for the common welfare. It is a body elected for a very specific mission, to provide for the education of the district's 20,000+ children, using the money provided for this purpose by the state and local governments. Those other government bodies have weighed the various demands on their funds, and given HSD an amount that they have determined is appropriate for education. Are we really supposed to have the power to take money from this school budget and give it to various non-school-related charities? I think not. Again, if you believe low-income seniors need tax breaks to pay for housing, this should be discussed in the broader sense by the proper levels of local government.
I find it a bit ironic that some of the board members who are constantly complaining of a lack of money in the school budget actually voted in favor of this targeted tax break. The only real arguments in favor were that it's not that much money, and that the people involved are poor. But I don't think either of those arguments negates the fundamental issues above.
If you disagree with me, and think you have solid arguments to refute the issues of favoritism and misappropriation above, I'd love to hear from you. In any case, you already got your way, since I was in the minority (only Monte and I voted No), and the tax break has been granted.