Charge school taxes based on number of kids enrolled
June 01, 2012 01:03 AM | 1083 views | 11 11 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Re: Dan O’Sullivan letter, “Time to junk school tax break for Cobb seniors?”

In the difficult economy we are now in, many of the population ages 62 and over are paying school tax on their deceased parents’ property, which is impossible to sell at this time.

Maybe with the diverse population we now have, we may need to get with our congressman to change some legislation to create new avenues to collect more school taxes. Example: Any parent with a child enrolled in the public school system on Jan. 1 of each year that do not own property would be required to pay a certain dollar amount of school tax according to the number of children they have enrolled. It could be at a reduced rate than property owners pay and each additional child would be charged at a lower rate than the flat rate. I believe the number of students enrolled in our schools whose parents are not paying taxes other than the rent to their landlord have exceeded the ratio for the revenue the landlords and homeowners are now paying to support our schools. If this category of people paid some, it would help with amount of revenue we now have.

I do not feel the 62 and over seniors should not be burdened with more taxes with the financial situation that now exists in economy.

I would suggest those who are 62 and over who feel an obligation to pay school tax should not get the tax break and their contribution should be accepted.

D.N. McPherson
Marietta
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anonymous
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June 06, 2012
@anonymous

Everyone but you knows what he means. Nitpicker!!!
anonymous
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June 05, 2012
Did any one catch the double negative in the second to the last paragraph? ... so this writer does believe seniors over the age of 62 should pay school taxes.

gheezzzzzz wonder which night school he graduated from?
NtheNo
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June 03, 2012
Why should a family with none or one child pay the same school taxes as a family with three, four or more? Maybe taxes should be based upon the number of children utilizing the government school system. I.E., pay up based upon usage. And if that's not enough, ditch the Homestead Exemption for everyone....Failing that - CUT SPENDING and live within your cotton pickin' budget like the rest of us....
J Balfour
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June 02, 2012
And be very sure to go after the dead-beat fathers like the one in TN with 30 children by many different women. Put them on the chain gang if they don't pay up. I am fed up with supporting the children of these men.
southernbychoice
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June 01, 2012
Excellent idea - andI think we all know who the majority of these renters are who are filling up the schools. Maybe a proposal like this would help ease a few other problems that we have in this county/city/state but having some move on. This would also cut down on the medical expenses and other free services given to those who pay nothing to support the system
frogbreath
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June 01, 2012
Who among us has a big enough income to pay $15600 per year for two children in the schools? Although the caterwauling by parents to tax seniors really irks me, I see no way that many could pay the actual annual bill for their children's education.

So what is the solution??

It is obvious to me that as the county grew, it had years in which the coffers of the school district had extra money to build bigger and better(?) schools.

The chickens have come home to roost. The inevitable shortfall has happened. Now, the parents of this generation's school children will have to learn to live within their budget.

I mean no insult to anyone, it is just the cycle of economics has caught up with us. Boom years are usually followed by bust years.

A thing that really bothers me is that many in the district feel that growth will alleviate the problem- it will not. It amplifies the problem.

Also the school district, by law, must accept students even if the -y are not in our country legally. One estimate is that Cobb has 14,000 young people who are "undocumented". The federal government should be obliged to pay the costs of those students since it is federal law that dictates that Cobb must accept them.

If Cobb is already being recompensed by the federal government, then their fiscal management of the school district is sorely wanting.
Mad Mom
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June 03, 2012
Good point, frogbreath. And most of the undocumented students live in apartments which is a double tax loss. Very frustrating....
southernbychoice
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June 04, 2012
And this is just the cost of educating them - does not include I am sure the free breakfast, lunch, after school care and the cost of having special classes to "learn" English.
best idea
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June 01, 2012
If parents were taxed according to the number of children they had in school, you can bet your booty the schools would improve in a hurry. This could actually be the answer to our problems with the school system.
User Fee
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June 01, 2012
Good idea Mr. McPherson, but it will never happen.
Last GA Democrat
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June 01, 2012
USER FEES in the form of charging school taxes based on the number of children that a family has enrolled in the school system is an EXCELLENT idea!

Those who use the school system should be most responsible for picking up the tab of paying for it.
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