The cost to house a prisoner in Lycoming and Clinton County is $70 a day, roughly $2,100 a month, as costs in every category of living expenses increase year after year. Why feed, provide heat, TV and all the comforts of home for those who intentionally violate the rights of others and the laws of our land, while the majority of our retired senior citizens in this state are trying to survive on less than half that amount? Yet, if we own and live in our home, we are commanded to contribute a large share of our yearly income in the form of taxes to an uncontrolled and a very abusive education system and the likes of our judicial system which places more concern for the comfort and safety of incarcerated prisoners than they provide for the elderly and many other tax paying residents of this state.
Most of us on Social Security, who live alone, are trying to survive on $30 a day, some less than that. There is no scale used to compute county and school taxes in this state. Retired seniors who own their home are billed at the same rate as the working class, such as teachers and other professionals who earn $50,000 or $100,000 a year. If education is so almighty important in this day and age, why aren't some of our leaders and elected lawmakers doing something to level the playing field of fairness and common sense?
The Property Tax Independence Act, House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, would solve the injustice that has taken place in a prejudicial manner over the years against retired seniors. If nothing else, the senior citizens of this state should receive some much needed recognition and respect which is way overdue. This property tax bill 76 needs all the backing that can be administered to aid in it becoming a law. Write or call your representatives and contribute to the cause.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.