As recent transplants to the valley, my wife and I chose this area not only for its beauty but more importantly for the quality of the schools. Our daughter attended Jonata middle school, and the quality of education and amount of community support was something I have not seen in any other district I have been associated with.

I am asking each of you to join me in supporting the passage of a much-needed parcel tax; $99 a year for eight years will generate enough income to restore the music program, keep class sizes small, provide resources for our STEAM curriculum, and make additional support available for students.

Also, for those of you 65 and older, or disabled, you may still vote for this measure and choose to be exempt from paying it. These funds cannot be touched by the state, and spending will be audited by an independent oversight committee. This is a win-win for the students, teachers, parents, and community of Buellton. Please join me and vote yes on Measure A!


Michael Baker

Santa Ynez Valley