Allen Hirons lamented in a recent letter to the editor that exempting seniors from paying the education portion of the property taxes did not seem fair to him even if these seniors paid for education for 30 to 40 years before being exempted. Let me ask you: have you ever met a "fair tax"? These two words when used together are a perfect example of an oxymoron.
In considering the writer's comments about the exemption for seniors, I had to ask myself: Is there unfairness in any of the following as it relates to my understanding of who pays or does not pay an education tax?
* Homeowners without children pay for public education.
* Non-homeowners with children in public school do not pay for public education.
* Homeowners with several children in public school pay no higher a tax rate for education than homeowners with only one child in public school.
* Homeowners who home school or who pay tuition for private education pay for public schools even though they are reducing the education cost for the county.
* Non-homeowners who are foreign nationals illegally in the U.S., have children in public school and are paid under the table in cash (does the MDJ reporting about the pay of certain construction workers at the new courthouse ring a bell?) pay no federal, state or local taxes of any kind except for sales tax.
Yeah, taxes stink and no tax is "fair" to everyone. As for me, when my work brought me to Georgia my two children had only a combined eight years remaining before both graduated from Lassiter High School but I paid education taxes for more than 20 years before being exempted. So be it; they received a fine education.
Heck, I would be happy if we just had a Board of Education that had a little more appreciation as to where all those tax dollars are coming from to finance their seemingly unending string of embarrassments.