I have been very frustrated by the Cobb County School Board's refusal to consider a major issue when looking at the budget, and that is reconsideration of the current state of the Senior Tax Exemption in Cobb. Currently, the way it works is that any Cobb resident over the age of 62, regardless of income, value of home, or number of children in the school system, is exempt from paying school taxes, period. I have written each CCSD board member about this, and the concern is that as 70 percent of the voters are over the age of 50, the board members would fear losing their jobs if they changed the exemption. The deal is, however, that no other major metro Atlanta county - Fulton, DeKalb, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Clayton - has this type of exemption. Each of these counties have exemptions that are capped at a certain salary level, or home value level. So, literally in Cobb, there are 62 year old millionaires living in million dollar homes who pay no school taxes. The kicker is that some of these 62 year olds even have children in the Cobb County public school system, and they aren't even paying school taxes. We know of at least two families who earn well over six figures who have children in public school yet who don't pay school tax because the father is 62.
This school tax exemption was created in the 1970s, but times have changed. Lifestyles have changed. Our kids today should not have to face class sizes of 40 simply because the school board members are concerned about losing their jobs. They need to do the right thing. Unfortunately, they are turning a deaf ear to this issue. That is why I am going to you. Please, do an article about this to raise awareness and put pressure on our lawmakers to do the right thing by ALL of Cobb.
Leslie Ann Dunn