Tuesday October 16, 2018
Protect elderly from harm, but don't scrap effective means of funding schools.
On the one hand, elderly homeowners who struggle to afford local property taxes should receive relief. The state should do this. It's the right thing to do.
On the other hand, every financially capable homeowner, and owners of other properties, should continue to support local public school districts through the property tax, which is the most equitable form of taxation possible.
There's simply no better way to fund community public education than local property taxes. Living in a community has its responsibilities. This is one of them.
At the same time, all our public schools should receive broader support from the state. That's particularly true of school districts with lower local tax revenues. The state should do this, also.
Public education has, after all, been the foundation of American success. It's what sustains the viability of our local communities and businesses, our commonwealth and our country. It's a shared responsibility that starts locally.
Property tax fair for most residents