REFLECTIONS

Posted on June 12, 2011

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TIME TO FUND SCHOOLS IN  A DIFFERENT WAY

Over the years school funding has been based on property taxes, which are inherently unfair. Seniors work for years to buy, improve, and maintain their homes, but are often driven out of them (sometimes to retirement communities) by rising taxes that must be paid from a fixed income.

Also, unemployed people have a difficult time paying taxes on their home, and many lose their house.

What seems unfair is that while property values have dropped, property taxes have increased.

A home does represent wealth, but it is not a form of wealth that can be eaten or used to pay a doctor. Furthermore, as some recent studies have shown, remaining in a paid-for house may very well be more economical for both the resident and the community at large.

It is time to support schools from income based taxes. Taxes that will not hurt the “financially unable” residents of a community,  whether they are in an assistant-living community or are “aging in place,” as a number of people would prefer to do.

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