Letter: We need a fairer way to pay for schools
Lately I have been experiencing a painful dilemma. It has to do with education funding in New Hampshire.
I recently got my property tax bill, and the school portion of my bill has increased. I am self-employed seven months out of the year; the remainder months I work for my local school district. Every time I walk through those school doors, I see firsthand how hard all the employees work. I have the utmost respect for them; in fact, I wish all parents could spend a day in their child’s school to see how challenging and rewarding every day can be. Running a school is expensive, but all of our children deserve a good quality education.
My dilemma is that my income is not increasing enough to keep up with my rising property taxes. Many folks feel the same way I do. We love our schools, but we need to come up with a new system of funding. As property taxes keep going up every year, it will force local folks like me to make an unbearable decision: to cut funding in order to afford to stay in our homes.
This is just not right. This needs to be addressed. We cannot keep going on this way.
It is time to have a serious discussion about the need for a balanced taxing system, something that politicians running for office have been afraid of discussing. Taxpayers need to be heard on this subject and heard loud and clear.