Speak Out: School legislation

Legislation that would allow school district boards of education to raise the local property tax without the approval of voters is set to be heard in committee today.

Under the measure, House Bill 129, school boards would have the power to increase school property taxes annually by the lesser of 2 percent or the percentage change in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

• Taxation without representation. — Aaron Mobley

• School boards are elected so that argument doesn’t hold water. Having said that, giving the board the authority to raise taxes every year is a terrible idea — it removes the motivation to be fiscally responsible with the taxpayers’ money. — B.K. Smith

• We already pay for charter schools and “vo-0tech” schools without any vote, so really what is the difference? — Beth Anne Poe-Houseman

• And just a few months ago, when the first fiasco, with DelTech was brought out, I said all the schools will be wanting to create shortcuts to tax grabs. Even I didn’t expect them to react this quickly. Elect a liberal, get idiotic legislation. $100 multiplied by 2 percent is $120. $120, multiplied by 2 percent is $144. $144 multiplied by 2 percent is $172.80. See how it works? In only a few years, your school tax could double and you have nothing to say about it. — Dennis Mehrenberg

• Why cut spending when you can tax the population to the point of being broke. Pretty soon ladies and gents you’re just gonna be working to pay taxes. Forget going out to dinners and buying a new vehicle because they are gonna make sure you have no free cash or play money as some would call it. — Rich McNaught

• Going against the will of the people who have spoke over and over. Have they forgotten they work for us!!! Dictators!! The answer is no new taxes!!! — Judy Malin Mangini

• Time to base school funding on something other then the paycheck of the property owner. Institute a statewide sales tax, so that everyone has some skin in the game. Additionally, if you are going to continued the current system, then only property owners should be allowed to vote.(Period) If it’s not coming out of your wallet, you don’t get a say. — Bob Hartman

•I agree completely. This has been going on forever. As unpleasant as the thought of a sales tax is, it is the only fair option. — Ellen Jarrell Hamilton

• I can understand the thought process, but it would seem that the sales tax would be higher per capita. You also need to consider the economy and employment of those who would no longer be crossing the state lines to shop. Another thing that Delaware does what few states do, and that is retirees don’t pay a school tax. — Michael Gallinaro

• You’re already paying a sales tax. It’s called the Gross Receipts tax levied on retailers for the goods they sell and it’s built into the shelf price. — Bruce Anderson

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