Tax system is hurting New Hampshire students

Last modified: 10/11/2011 12:00:00 AM
A small but vocal group of me-first residents consistently threatens the progress of the Hillsboro-Deering school system because the education of our children is tied to their property taxes.

The miniscule short-term benefit of blindly chopping a school budget by $1 million to 2 million, or denying modest changes to teachers contracts, erodes the desire of many qualified educators to work here and undermines the success of the school's turnaround plan.

You cannot expect exceptional teachers to stay in an environment dominated by continuously threatened pay cuts and public attacks on their character.

Our children's futures shouldn't be punished because of the way we have chosen to fund public education: a system of poor incentives creating angry mobs of shortsighted ne'er-do-wells storming school budget hearings and throwing temper tantrums to save a few bucks on their property taxes.

This is not the way to ensure the future economic strength of our state, yet we continue to allow the uninformed and disinterested to make educational decisions based on a tax bill.

It's time for Concord to comply with the Claremont decision.

If high property taxes upset you so much that you've chosen to destroy our children's education, please focus your anger on New Hampshire's regressive tax structure instead.

It provides the wealthy with lower tax rates at the expense of the working class, creating a caustic environment with poor incentives for the less affluent school districts.

AARON GILL

Deering




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