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Jack.. I am not sure where you live but I think I need to inform the county that they need to reappraise your house and bring your property taxes up to what some of the rest of us are paying. I bought my modest 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath house 2 years ago.. they raised the taxes on it then from what it was when I put my offer to buy on it..to a price higher than I paid for it . I can't re sell it for taxed amount in todays market but no one in the appraisers office seems to care about that. And please do not forget that the Bone surgery you had was not,I hope,an annual expense. As far as those other expenses.. they are your choices, you do not neccesarily have to have a cell phone, you can control your insurance bill but higher deductibles, shopping insurance plans...But not taxes, we are all forced to pay whether we agree with the way they are spent or not. I am all for improving education but do I think that some of the suggestions that the School board has made will do that?? No I dont. Children can't read at 3rd grade because someone in first or second grade passed them on. Why did they pass them to the next grade? Because we dont want to hurt their frail egos by holding them back when they fail to achieve the criteria needed to move them on, teachers are no longer allowed to fail students. It is not a lack of education opportunity, it is not a lack of technology or a new school bldg, or longer hours in the classroom. Will an Ipad help.. no.. will a new school help.. no.. what will.. I am not sure. How do you make children respect education and teachers again? how do you make them care about doing their homework and want to study and learn? How do you make them listen to a teacher, when they are texting, emailing, facebooking. To me .. give me a plan that will work and I will be glad to support it. I am just not sold on this current plan, therefore dont want to pay for it with money that to me is too hard to earn, and as you pointed out.. is needed for other expenses in my life.
If you are votring to raise my taxes.. also vote for a new look at overinflated property tax values.. I cannot sell for what my property tax is currently valued at. And as far as the tax increase will equal a coke a day.. I dont buy cokes.. or sprites or any other soft drink. I drink the high priced water the city provides and then empty it into the higher priced sewer system.