Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Tax Fairness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Tax Fairness

Article excerpt

I want to respond to George Wolukis' Nov. 2 letter "Fairer Taxation," which said that the use of property taxes to fund schools is not fair. He suggests a higher sales tax. It's too much to get into, but a sales tax hurts the poor and middle class more than the property tax. But that's a different argument.

Mr. Wolukis says that renters don't pay property tax. However, the owner of the home where the renters reside does pay property tax. These owners raise the rent in order to cover their expenses, including the expense of property taxes. Is this not apparent?

Also, Mr. Wolukis says he has no children or grandchildren in his current school district. But when ( and if) he did have kids in school, there were people who had no children, or people whose kids had graduated or people over 65, who still paid property taxes to help him get his kids through school. …

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