The recent formation of the “Yes for Concord Kids” coalition infers if you don’t want your property taxes to go up, you must be against the kids. That is simply not the case. An increase in everyone’s property tax will take more disposable income from all families through property tax, increase in rent, increase in food prices, increase in fuel prices, increase in utility prices. And that hurts all our Concord families.
In the late 1990’s property taxes increased dramatically, largely due to increased school funding by school boards throughout the state. That set the stage for the 2010 constitutional amendment capping property taxes. There was anger and resentment at the continual increasing assessments. Our state legislators raised the sales tax at that time from 6 percent to 7 percent to help offset the property tax caps.
This recession we have been in has been deep and long-lasting. We have unemployed, underemployed and stagnant wages. The cost of living has not been stagnant, it continue to rise. Meat and dairy prices have risen 19 percent just this year. Many of us put off large purchases until we have the funds for them. We live within our means and essentials come first. We should expect the same from our schools. Have the schools cut nonessentials?
We hear from the federal government down to local city and county councils and now our schools that everything and everyone is too big to fail, and must be bailed out. Many of us are just about tapped out. No tax increase. No more money. Make the cuts. Make the hard choices. The schools don’t have a funding problem. They have a spending problem.
Let’s have an open and honest dialogue, together.
SHAN J. ROBINSON