Property taxes and schools

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    For the most part, school taxes are the largest part of property tax bills.

    Should there be and age or circumstance that one is exempt from school tax?

    Should an 80, 70, 65 year old still pay school tax?
    Should an empty nester still pay school tax?
    Should property owners without children be taxed? If so, to what age?

    We must fund schools but how?
    What are the options?

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    I've heard that several rich, suburban publics are starting endowments so that they don't have to share the money with other, poorer districts and can hopefully reduce the tax burden on residents.
     
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    As for your other questions:

    No, If you're over the age of 65 or 70, and are retired, then I don't think you should have to pay school taxes.

    In theory it'd be great if only parents had to pay school tax, but that isn't sustainable, so this group would definitely have to pay.

    Same thing for people without children as empty nesters. Besides, it's in societies interests to have our children educated to the greatest extent possible.
     
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    I think we should all have to pay a little bit of tax, but elderly and single folks should get at least a tax break on it. Charge parents the full amount.
     
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    If parents did have to pay the full amount I think vouchers would be an immediate reality. Imagine demanding a return on your investment.:eek2:
     
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    You never hear a parent say "man I wish less people would help pay for public schools" but you hear a lot of grandparents say "I don't have anyone in the school system why should I pay!?!?!?"

    Just another example of someone trying to skirt out of social responsibility that they once benefitted from.

    Besides, I can only imagine what would happen to graduation rates if parents with children enrolled had to pay substantially more than if they weren't enrolled.
     
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    You can't limit it to just people who have school-aged children.

    What if their kids go to private school? Should the parents be exempt from the educational funding portion of their taxes since the kids don't go to public schools?
     
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    Social responsibility? Define that for me please. And when does it end?

    Zoom asked...
    I did the private stuff with my child and continued to pay the public school tax.
    When can I stop? Have I meant my Social responsibility, yet?
     
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    My parents did the same. I went to private school but they continued to pay 100% of their city and county property tax.

    If you start allowing people to "not pay" portions because that portion doesn't apply to them, you are opening up a can of worms.

    I do agree about senior citizens...but only because of the fixed income situation many of them have trouble with.
     
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    That's a GOOD question. Where I live, you taxes are paid according to the district you live in, and your taxes go only to that particular district. There is a bigtime inequity in education around here, to say the least.

    I live in one of the highest taxed districts so my daughter could go to one of if not the best high school here. She's done with high school, I'm STILL paying!!!

    For the purpose of public education, I think there should be a flat tax spread equally among the school districts and I think one should pay until they are whatever the ever-increasing age of social security eligibility is. I think those whose children are in private school should be tax exempt so long as they are footing the bill for their children.
     

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