Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why are we all taxed the same for schools?

To the Editor:

Well ... it’s that time of the year when you see election signs. What makes me laugh is that every time you read, hear or watch something about the next election, candidates talk about decreasing taxes. The funny thing is that, even with all of the reductions, our taxes increase each year.

We should pay some taxes because we need certain services. Services like the police, fire and public works are examples of services that I want to pay taxes for because I want them to be there if I need them.

As a senior citizen and homeowner, there are some taxes that I pay for and don’t require, such as school districts, park district, library and college. Yes, I have children that attended school and graduated.

During the entire time, I was a homeowner. I paid school district taxes before my kids attended school so there were funds available to upgrade the schools for the next groups of new children. When you’re raising a family, there’s no end to that cycle, even after your children have graduated high school. But there is a time when enough is enough.

I think, when your children have been out of school for years, school taxes should be paid by families with children actually attending schools.   

Things happen in life that you can’t anticipate. This happens to everyone. These days what I have seen is excess money spent on unnecessary items like new bleachers at a seldom-used football field that ended up costing millions. 

I’m sure there are people that feel we all should pay all taxes indefinitely, however other options could include:

1. Annual Donations from individuals, groups or organizations. Homeowners using services be the source of funding.

2. At age 65, homeowners are no longer responsible for school district taxes.

In the end, I would rather allow people the option of whether or not to use and pay for certain services (e.g. schools, library, and park districts). This option would certainly benefit financially, especially seniors, to assist with paying the rising costs of health care and other necessary expenses. 

Randy Smith

Crystal Lake

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