Littlestown to see tax raise

Littlestown to see tax raise

There are 40 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 15, 2010, titled Littlestown to see tax raise. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Littlestown homeowners will be paying more in taxes and there will be fewer school staffers after Monday night's passage of the school district's budget.

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dragonbabe

Shippensburg, PA

#21 Jun 16, 2010
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>This is why half the kids are FAT. TOo much food. They probably could cut down a little bit more. I do not see too many skinny kids around town.
when my kids was in a public school they would buy extra because it was not enough for them to eat AND MY KIDS ARE NOT OVER WEIGHT!!! They would burn it off by having the brain power to do their studies. And for them to cut down more......let see you survive on what little they do get.
Franck

Carlisle, PA

#22 Jun 16, 2010
I cant say that I'm happy about the tax increase but I have four kids in the school system and I think that the teachers and staff do a tremendous job with our kids,so to me it's money well spent. What I do think is a joke is the price of our water bill every quarter, on water that we cant even drink now that's sad.
L-Town girl

Gettysburg, PA

#23 Jun 16, 2010
FYI: I paid for my child to go to school. Plus, my parents sent me to Catholic private school and paid. So, don't say I am not or have not paid. Retired people should be exempt from this fee.

Also, have you given any thought to all the illegitimate children we all support when they don't even know who the father is? then there are the illegal immigrants to boot.

i for one am sick of paying for just about everything that comes down the pike.

Oh, by the way, I live on my investments as well as Social Security because my husband was smart enough to invest. Here's the kicker, I have to pay earned income tax on that as well. Like I said before it never ends.

Next yr. the caps come off the energy utilities and that we cause more rate increases. On and on it goes.

L-Town girl

Gettysburg, PA

#24 Jun 16, 2010
Frank: just check out Bonnauville water rates are $70 a month. My sister lives there. Insane!
China House

Chambersburg, PA

#25 Jun 16, 2010
No kid, no school, no pay.
HEY

Gettysburg, PA

#26 Jun 16, 2010
Does Rolling Acres really need a principal and assistant principal? How about eliminating the assistant principal and keeping the full-time librarian.
China House

Chambersburg, PA

#27 Jun 16, 2010
dragonbabe wrote:
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when my kids was in a public school they would buy extra because it was not enough for them to eat AND MY KIDS ARE NOT OVER WEIGHT!!! They would burn it off by having the brain power to do their studies. And for them to cut down more......let see you survive on what little they do get.
Wah Wah Wah. LMAO.
WHAT

United States

#28 Jun 16, 2010
More food? how much food should you get for $2.25?

For all of you who say this group or that group shouldn't have to pay just remember the rest of us will have to make up the difference. The total tax bill will not go down.
Capitalist

York, PA

#29 Jun 16, 2010
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>Typical Lib. You always want SOMEONE elses money. My parents did pay for my education so no I should not have to pay for yours.
I am hardly a liberal. Staunch conservative, as a matter of fact. I just think the argument posed by MOM is stupid. Maybe you attended a private school, but if the only people that paid into the system are those that have children, schools would be bankrupt, and we would be dealing with all sorts of societal problems. The "pay as you go" would create thousabds f children receiving substandard education if they could only get what they can afford. The PA costing out study determined that it costs nearly $12,000 a year to educate one child. How many parents do you know that can afford that>
Capitalist

York, PA

#30 Jun 16, 2010
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>Ahh the poor teachers who chose that job. As for special needs that would be the exeption. And yes private schools do handle special needs. Like I said before if you can't feed em dont breed em.(that includes education)

Tony, your ignorance is astounding. Private schools handle very few special needs children because they simply cannot provide the services.s I am a graduate of a private school, and we had no special ed teachers, no gifted teacher, no reading specialists, no math interventionists. Heck, some of my teachers weren't even certified. In fact, the private schools in the York area need to get those services from the Intermediate Units. And that is 1/2 hour per week in a van outside of the school building. NO parent of a special needs child in their right mind would send a kid there. Get a clue, Tony!
Tony

Chambersburg, PA

#31 Jun 16, 2010
Capitalist wrote:
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Tony, your ignorance is astounding. Private schools handle very few special needs children because they simply cannot provide the services.s I am a graduate of a private school, and we had no special ed teachers, no gifted teacher, no reading specialists, no math interventionists. Heck, some of my teachers weren't even certified. In fact, the private schools in the York area need to get those services from the Intermediate Units. And that is 1/2 hour per week in a van outside of the school building. NO parent of a special needs child in their right mind would send a kid there. Get a clue, Tony!
What school would so that anyway. Littlestown is NOT equiped for "special needs" either so you would have to pay for a school that does. Maybe your private school should have been better. All my teachers were OVER certified and I can tell you I am sure I make a lot more money than you. So you can keep your "public goverment" education. And I will keep my money.
Tony

Chambersburg, PA

#32 Jun 16, 2010
Capitalist wrote:
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I am hardly a liberal. Staunch conservative, as a matter of fact. I just think the argument posed by MOM is stupid. Maybe you attended a private school, but if the only people that paid into the system are those that have children, schools would be bankrupt, and we would be dealing with all sorts of societal problems. The "pay as you go" would create thousabds f children receiving substandard education if they could only get what they can afford. The PA costing out study determined that it costs nearly $12,000 a year to educate one child. How many parents do you know that can afford that>
I CANNOT SAY IT ENOUGH, IF YOU CAN'T FEED EM DON'T BREED EM!!!!!!!
L-Town Parent

Shippensburg, PA

#33 Jun 16, 2010
I'm confused why they're increasing the daily pay for the "substitutes"... it seemed like everytime our boys came home they mentioned yet another substitute... who almost always turned out to be a non-teacher... just a mom off the street with no teaching degree or certification... and no clue about what it takes to be a teacher. And apparently the good substitutes, the "real" teachers who were certified, are never called, when they should be the ONLY ones called if they are available! Maybe the board needs to address and fix that problem...
MOM

State College, PA

#34 Jun 17, 2010
capitalist wrote:
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Really, MOM? Who paid for you to go to school? Who paid for YOUR kids to go to school? Did your parents pay tuition? Did you pay tuition? Since you are unwilling to help pay for the education of future generations, perhaps you would be willing to pay back the money you owe for yours?
My parents paid taxes for me to go to school. There was no tuition involved. I paid tax for my kids. I owe no pay backs. Now it's time for you to pay for yours. I have had no one in the school system for25 uears. Perhaps they owe me pay backs.
LASD Parent

Upper Marlboro, MD

#35 Oct 26, 2011
I know this is a bit late but....I don't think it is neccessary to raise the taxes by doubling them. My school tax went from $553 to $1126, and that is cheaper than what it should be because of the homestead exclusion. My household income is extremely high in comparison to the Littlestown median of about $40,000, yet I find it difficult to add extra money to my mortgage payment every month to cover the new taxes and escrow shortages. I don't mind the small increase every year but doubling seems a bit much. Especially for a school district with consistently low assessment test scores. I didn't go to school here and I'm glad I didn't when I see and hear some of the statistics, just hope they get their crap together before my kids are at that point. As for the retired complaints...quit your bitching. Just because you're older doesn't mean you're wiser, or don't have to contribute to society. You probably should be exempt from paying any tax that pays for roads too, because you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a vehicle anyways
jdr1142

United States

#36 Nov 1, 2011
We moved from Littlestown in 2005 because of the continual raises in the taxes. We moved to West Virginia where that yaxes are much more reasonable.

And, before you say it, the services equal those of L'town and the schools are excellent.
Our children went to school in Maryland so we owe the L'town School Board nothing.

Just to give you an idea on our taxes - we own 2 acres, one 1600 sq ft stick built house with full basement, and one 1200 modular home (not a trailer). Our total yearly taxes?$425. Thats it -$425 a year.

Water and septic at our place, so no water/sewer bill. No school taxes. And most importantly, no crime to speak of.

Now, if we could only sell the house we own in Hanover Borough...
jdr1142

United States

#37 Nov 1, 2011
Almost forgot - if you are disabled or over 65, the county gives you an exemption of $20,000 on the assessment of your house. The assessment is 60% of the fair market value. Example, of your house is "worth" $100,000 , the assessed value would be $60k. Subtract $20k from that and your tax bill is based on $40,000.

WV looks out for the disabled and the elderly.
budget

Manheim, PA

#38 Nov 1, 2011
L-Town girl wrote:
as usual: hit the property owners. Don't even think that some of us are retirees with no COLA in our Social Sec. either. Where is this fair?

Renters don't pay squat for any of this. I'm thinking of selling and moving to another State. Delaware has no taxes.

This is more than a joke.

What about the new assessments due in 2011...guess they want to get the most now while they still can.SICK, SICK, SICK!
Lmao please do move to DE--- the poverty rate is double the rate then PA!
Fitus T Bluster

Winter Garden, FL

#39 Nov 2, 2011
jdr1142 wrote:
Almost forgot - if you are disabled or over 65, the county gives you an exemption of $20,000 on the assessment of your house. The assessment is 60% of the fair market value. Example, of your house is "worth" $100,000 , the assessed value would be $60k. Subtract $20k from that and your tax bill is based on $40,000.
WV looks out for the disabled and the elderly.
what part of wv do you live? this sounds like something i need to check out.

Since: Jan 09

Hanover

#40 Nov 2, 2011
L-Town girl wrote:
FYI:
snip....Oh, by the way, I live on my investments as well as Social Security because my husband was smart enough to invest. Here's the kicker, I have to pay earned income tax on that as well. Like I said before it never ends.
snip....
Since when is "investment income" taxable as "earned income"?

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