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SCHOOLS: Many can’t afford more tax increases

Letter by Jerry L. Premo, Gig Harbor on Jan. 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm | 45 Comments »
January 30, 2012 2:27 pm

My ballot for the Peninsula School District levy shows the levy amounts increase every year. Levies are confusing in how they tax our property, but the levy amount increases shows the tax increases.

The governor wants increased sales and gas taxes, Pierce County is raising taxes for flood-control plus tolls and ferry fares going up. The price I have to pay for food, gas and medicine go up each time I make a purchase.

Like me, many out there on a fixed income are at a ceiling of what we can pay. My Social Security COLA was quickly eaten up by Medicare cost increases, and that was the first COLA since 2009. Many on a fixed income are at their limit they can pay for taxes.

Schools must backfill through major reforms instead of raising taxes. Why do they refuse to make bold reforms in the runaway cost of retirement and health care? These costs are the major reason their budgets are strained.

As long as we continue to approve these levies, the district won’t change. As long as we approve state and county tax increases, they won’t change. But I am forced to change how I spend when money is tight. It’s time for schools and the state to do the same.

Bold reforms must be made and made now because my cupboards are bare when it comes to approving more taxes.

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