LETTER: School tax elimination only answer
Meaningful school property tax legislation is going nowhere. The idea that school property tax reduction will solve the problem is not logical. Everyone knows that the tax will keep going up to an exorbitant level just as it is now.
The governor and some state legislators, purposely, are not willing to acknowledge this flaw in their plans. The only solution is the elimination of school property taxes as a way to fund education. How many people have to say that how many times before dense minds realize it?
Every time the state legislature passed a property tax scheme there were dislocated shoulders from patting their own backs, and nothing further was done until that scheme failed. Then, on to another scheme.
Why is anyone talking about property tax reduction or even thinking reduction when history shows reduction does not work? Get rid of it and be done with it.
Most people opposed to the tax elimination fear that it will limit their power to continue sticking their hands into taxpayer pockets and to take a person's home when the pockets are empty. That extortion factor is well-known and lowers the quality of life, especially for the elderly, in order to pay those taxes to keep their homes which they worked so hard to buy.
Raising the sales tax, dedicated to funding education, is fair, and, no, it will not hurt the poor as the naysayers would have the gullible believe. With the present archaic method of funding education we are all the poor. One of the main causes necessitating programs to help the elderly is the school property tax. Eliminate school property taxes and some of those programs can be eliminated, which will save a lot of money. Consumer spending will increase and bring in more funds for education.
It appears that some of our state legislators are still using an abacus to calculate the cost of this antiquated method for funding education.