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School property tax changes; Debate, but with caution

October 24, 2013

We are pretty confident that almost every property owner in the region believes their property taxes are much too high. That’s mostly due to high school property taxe....

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mikekerstetter

Oct-24-13 3:56 AM

'Property' taxes need to be replaced with income and consumption taxes. End of story.

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spike2

Oct-24-13 6:24 AM

Kerstetter- agree with you 100%

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Capricorn1

Oct-24-13 6:42 AM

Mike I agree 100%. But you will have many that say that it places an added burden on the "poor". And according to the federal government and liberals, 48% of America is "poor".

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Scott36

Oct-24-13 10:49 AM

And according to the federal government and liberals, 48% of America is "poor".-Capricorn1

What is your take on whom is "poor".

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mikekerstetter

Oct-24-13 5:51 PM

Yeah, I know that Chuck seems to think that property taxes aren't burdensome for the poor. I think that he believes one has to be rich to own a home. But I know a lot of low income homeowners who struggle to pay their property taxes, and property taxes are what keeps many lower income people from buying a home. Taxes add hundreds of dollars per month to the mortgage payments. It's just too burdensome for a lot of our seniors and lower income homeowners.

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Capricorn1

Oct-24-13 6:38 PM

What is your take on whom is "poor". -Scott

Scott, my opinion on whom is poor is irrelevant. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, for 2012 only 16% of the population lived below poverty levels set by the government. If that is the case, why does 48% of the population require government assistance? Do you realize a family of four in PA can make up to 3141.00 per month and still receive food stamps? In my opinion that is not poor. That's just under 38k a year.. you don't see a problem with that?

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Scott36

Oct-24-13 6:53 PM

.. you don't see a problem with that?Capricorn1

Again, it depends on where you live. My point is, Why are so many people eligible for this by law? Please do not try to place all of the blame on the present administration, as I remember, those whom ran for congress ran on jobs, jobs, jobs. What has the Republican congress done? I feel that is a fair way to phrase it, considering that(from what I hear Boehner say) only bills that have a majority of Rep. support are to be brought to a vote.-Scott--One more thing, IMO, if you want to keep bringing up "the poor", you should have your own opinion on it. If you want to blame/bash a segment of the population, you should at the very least state your(it does not have to be based on any facts)reasons for saying so. JMHO

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