I would like to address the letter recently written by Matthew Wilbanks. It disturbs me that there are those who think in such a short-sighted and selfish way.
Mr. Wilbanks complains about having to pay a higher property tax because the recently passed school bond measure was passed by 28 votes. I want to point out that 50.18 percent of the voters decided this, not the 28. This means that thousands voted for the measure. He states that, since he has no children in school, he should not be responsible for paying property taxes to fund the schools. Did you go to school, Mr. Wilbanks? Who do you think paid for your education?
He also states that those who choose to send their children to private schools do not get a credit for doing so. In this country every citizen is entitled to certain things: A public education, free libraries, roads, police protection, fire protection, and more. By his reasoning, then only those who drive on the roads, who call on the police and fire departments, who use the libraries, and who use the postal system should pay the total price for these services, among other services that we all are guaranteed through our tax payments.
All children are entitled to a public education. If parents choose to send their children to private schools they should pay the tuition and not expect a credit. If they were to receive a credit, they would be getting the "Welfare" that Mr. Willbanks is so against.
Mr. Willbanks also stated that folks who do not own homes or properties will not be paying those taxes. Really? I have been a landlord, and I can assure you that the tenants do pay their share in their rent. A landlord considers the cost to him/her per rental unit and adjusts the rent accordingly. In this community, housing is in short supply, and folks are happy to have a roof over their heads.
Mr. Willbanks compares himself to a sacrificial lamb, and states that he will not stand for this. The options as I see them are to 1.) Lead a repeal campaign of some sort, 2.) To sell or move, 3.) To understand that we are all responsible to raise our next generation and to give them the same opportunities that we all have had, which includes a free public education in a society that values such.