When incomes are limited, tax burdens should be limited, too.
WHILE WERE ON THE subject, more of less, of school financing — the largest single driver of property taxes — lets make another suggestion.
Give senior citizens a break.
Seniors no longer have children in a school district, and usually have paid taxes to support local classrooms for decades. Theyve earned a little consideration.
WERE NOT SAYING seniors necessarily should get a free pass, nor do we endorse any particular plan.
But we know most seniors, after paying into the property tax system for years, usually retire on a limited fixed income. Their home normally is their largest asset and their ability to pay ever-increasing taxes is restricted. Older people literally can be taxed out of the homes theyve lived in their entire life, because they cant keep up with property taxes.
Maybe those taxes should be frozen upon retirement. Or, maybe, some consideration should be given to income level and ability to pay.
Well leave the details to others.
But we believe this issue should be addressed. People who have contributed their fair share for a lifetime deserve better than being crushed by rising property taxes as they age.