Seriously, should we “junk school tax break for Cobb seniors” as a recent letter to the editor-writer suggested? This is being mentioned more frequently and is another threat by trial balloon. Most senior citizens have paid school taxes for decades. Some are and were without children in the school system. Some own commercial property and while they do not pay the school tax on their residence, they continue to pay through that property tax and it is likely on a much higher value than their home. Some are on fixed incomes and have been hit with higher Cobb County property taxes and higher food, utility and clothing prices. Many seniors live alone with little money to spare.
To suggest this would solve the Cobb School Board budget problems is ridiculous. All this would do would give the school board more money to squander. When 90 percent of your budget is for personnel and their benefits, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that changes have to be made in this area to resolve the problem. Board member Tim Schultz recognized this and was ignored while the board passed another budget that will take an additional $7.1 million from the reserve funds. What will they do next year? And the year after that? Of course, raise taxes!
Senior Citizen/Property & Small Business Owner