Speak Out: Delaware Tech tax at issue

Readers reacted to a Sunday commentary by Brian Shirey, Esq., general counsel for Delaware Technical Community College, headlined “Problem is mathematics, not mismanagement.”

• I appreciate the clarification about the funding appropriations as well. While I can appreciate the assertion of helping less fortunate students, I have my own family to care for, and therein lies the issue. If you keep taxing me, my children may become homeless or food insecure too, helping no one but hindering us. My primary responsibility is to my family first, then my fellow man and I would propose if less money were stolen from me via taxes, I could freely give more for private help. … Find another way. Co-locate, reduce class sizes, opt for more online classes, and yes, raise your tuition. College is not free. I paid for it, and I am an alumni. —— Kevin Outten

• I understand that your college needs money to fix its aging infrastructure, but opening the door to our property tax dollars for your college will soon open the door for every other agency to come after our tax dollars, or the New Jersey way where property taxes are sometimes higher than the mortgage payment, and it’s so large, you have to pay it monthly, with your mortgage or you cant afford it. You will actually be putting people on the street as their property is sold at sheriff’s sale to pay the tax. Do you really want that for Delaware? Property tax was designed to pay for K-12 grade. Let’s keep it that way and keep our taxes low. You will just have to find another way. — Jay Pratt

•It seems to me that Delaware has a long tradition of failing to adequately maintain public facilities, and perhaps Del Tech is no exception. And perhaps there is a political bias in favor of new construction over maintenance. Has there recently been an evaluation of the Del Tech physical plant and its needs? — Alan Muller

• Perhaps DelTech should consider consolidating its multiple campuses. That would decrease the maintenance needs and costs. Also it could focus more on alumni donations and its own endowment program. As a last resort, DelTech could decrease its programming to that which it can afford and live on a budget like the rest of us instead of acting like just another fiscally irresponsible government agency. — Albert Zanetti

• While I agree with most of what you say in your letter, I cannot agree with your comments regarding tuition and fees. I do feel for those who have struggled to meet tuition and fee requirements to attend Del Tech, I do not agree that that burden should be placed on Delaware taxpayers – especially in the form of a statewide property tax to supposedly dedicated to Del Tech. Many of those taxpayers struggle to pay their bills and place food on their tables now. Additional taxes will not make life easier for them or those of us on fixed incomes. And as most of us know that the statewide property tax proposed under the now-rescinded HB 50 would be too great a temptation for our lawmakers and additional expenditures would be funded through an ever-increasing tax rate. I am not sure what the answer is, but a statewide property tax is not the answer. — Dan Maher

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