Eliminate the property tax

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In reference to Mary C. Callahan's Oct. 18 letter ("A Burden for Seniors"), she stated that finally at age 80 she at last owned her home. May I say, contrary to her belief, this is not true. As long as seniors are paying school property taxes, we will never truly own our homes!

I have never had a child or grandchild in my school district (Moon). I must pay $1,800 a year to school property taxes. This amount is one and one-quarter percent more than my monthly Social Security check. In essence, I am paying six weeks of yearly income to the Moon district to support schools that I never have or ever will use.

Renters don't pay school property taxes, yet they can send their children to these schools that homeowners and seniors are paying for. Is this fair?

Raise the sales tax to 8 percent, 9 percent or even 10 percent and eliminate the property tax. This way, everyone who enjoys the benefit of using our schools will contribute to them, not just homeowners. Or eliminate school property taxes for seniors who earn less than $40,000 a year. Or, last but not least, take some of the $50 million the county is getting for drilling at the airport and use that to reduce some of the property taxes for seniors.

Maybe it's me, but it just doesn't seem right that seniors should pay taxes for something they never use.



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