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I know we can't solve all our fiscal problems with higher taxes. But I do understand that reasonable tax increases can be appropriate in certain situations. And the proposed increase in Jefferson County's property tax rate to support our public school system is a good example.
Rather than creating a heavy burden on all taxpayers, this increase would cost us just one extra dollar per $100,000 worth of assessed property per year. So a county resident who owns a home worth two hundred thousand dollars would have to fork over the grand sum of two bucks more.
Somehow, I don't think this is going to break anyone's bank. And it's important to note that this won't result in the school system getting more money to work with, but will only make up the amount that would have been lost because of decreasing property assessments. In essence, it's merely a move to maintain the school system's current level of funding – not increase it.
I understand there will always be those who resent any of their money going to a school system they believe is inefficient and wasteful, and I share many of their concerns. But I also value the service our public education system provides. And I'd rather focus on keeping it healthy and correcting the problems rather than starving it to death – especially when the cost is so small.