The MDJ stated, "The generous exemption, by which homeowners older than 62 don't have to pay any school taxes on their property, is part of the reason the Cobb School District is facing a $127 million reduction for its fiscal year 2011 budget."
I believe this is a very, very, small and insignificant reason for the shortfall. I believe the main reason for the shortfall is that the Cobb County School District spends too much money on every new "educational fad that comes down the pike" and when a new fad doesn't work they go to a new "fad" instead of going back to something that did work.
Instead of blaming seniors for the budget shortfall, how about looking into how "top heavy" the district is in administrative people compared to actual teachers that do the real job of educating our children? For instance - why do we need a "Director of Diversity"? How much does the district pay this person?
How many associate and assistant superintendents do we have in the district?
How many associate and assistant principals do we have in Cobb?
Why did the district hire a new principal from outside the county instead of promoting a teacher within the county? That would have prevented laying off one teacher.
I submit that seniors not paying school taxes on their property is not the problem.