Residents struggle as schools continu...

Residents struggle as schools continue to raise property taxes

There are 47 comments on the York Dispatch story from Feb 24, 2009, titled Residents struggle as schools continue to raise property taxes. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

Ron and Joan Higgs sit in their family room with their dog, Annie. The Higgses, who are on a fixed income, are struggling to pay their property taxes.

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Ed ward

AOL

#1 Feb 24, 2009
Taxes would go down if they got rid of every thing but the mandated stuff. If people want other things let them raise the money to pay for it likeNortheastern did for football
cammy

Clarks Summit, PA

#2 Feb 24, 2009
Rendell should build some more casinos. The first ones really got rid of school taxes didn't they. Hmmmm.
cammy

Clarks Summit, PA

#3 Feb 24, 2009
I fogot to add that President BO is gonna save us all. Hallelujah.
nosferatu

Willow Street, PA

#4 Feb 24, 2009
G*d, whatever you do, don't move to Central. Next to the piano school district (sorry, I don't remember which one it was) we have the biggest tax and spend school board I've ever seen.
nosferatu

Willow Street, PA

#5 Feb 24, 2009
cammy wrote:
I fogot to add that President BO is gonna save us all. Hallelujah.
Besides or maybe in spite of being an idiot, you know this wasn't even on topic. I didn't vote for him but I'm getting really sick of you people.
Semi-literate

York, PA

#6 Feb 24, 2009
If we'd all peek under the root cause of a LOT of our economy's ills (other than rampant greed) there, lurking, are the health care costs. Folks really need to understand that the insurance3 companies and laywers have been driving up costs for decades, and now, in many instances, the insurance companies are running the doctors' practises. This needs to stop.
gumby

United States

#7 Feb 24, 2009
greedy school boards aren't even trying to balance their budgets anymore. they just raise taxes the max amount allowed without referendum. greedy.
tmt

York, PA

#8 Feb 24, 2009
I agree with the guy or gal above who said districts should cut back to what is mandated. Plenty of parents pay for their kids to participate in sports or music why shouldn't they do it when they get to high school.
Besides that, school districts need to cut back on the layers of bureaucracy. Every school has a principal an assistant pricipal tons of secretaries teachers aides, reading specialists, tech support, psychologists and tons of other postiions that could be accomplished by one person working at more than one school.
Bill

Ellicott City, MD

#9 Feb 24, 2009
If you think taxes are bad, look at health care cost.
Traveler

Havertown, PA

#10 Feb 24, 2009
Joan Higgs is retired from teaching-she must have some teacher retirement pay. That wasn't mentioned in the story. Let's get all the facts.
OUT OF MONEY

Elk Grove, CA

#11 Feb 24, 2009
We need to vote the school boards out and get some real Taxpayers in. I'll run if you do.
typical

New Cumberland, PA

#12 Feb 24, 2009
I guess my first question is: why are these people relying on social security to live on during their retirement?
Jim Mann

Zephyrhills, FL

#13 Feb 24, 2009
There is nothing you can do to stop them from increasing the school tax . I live in Springettsbury Township and you can go to all the meetings but you have no say in what they do . In fact you can not even talk . If the State would pass a law so the people had a vote in what they could do then it would work for us . It is getting to the point where I will have to make a choice between going to Florida for the winter or paying School Tax and I will not give up going to Florida even if I have to move down .
Jasper

Middletown, NJ

#14 Feb 25, 2009
Poor Higgs. They live on a fixed income. I wish I had a fixed income. I'm earning less now than I did 10 years ago. The so-called fixed income never goes down and always gets a cost of living increase. And 30 grand for social security. Wow! How many people make less than that going to work everyday? Add on some pension, IRA's, savings. Cry me a river! And complaining that the real estate taxes went up 28% in 11 years. Count yourself blessed. That's only a 2% increase per year. Most people have been nailed a lot more that 28% over the last 11 years. And if you're 70 you've got Medicare. I won't even venture into the cost of having to provide health insurance for yourself.
Semi-literate

York, PA

#15 Feb 25, 2009
Jim Mann wrote:
There is nothing you can do to stop them from increasing the school tax . I live in Springettsbury Township and you can go to all the meetings but you have no say in what they do . In fact you can not even talk . If the State would pass a law so the people had a vote in what they could do then it would work for us . It is getting to the point where I will have to make a choice between going to Florida for the winter or paying School Tax and I will not give up going to Florida even if I have to move down .
You know, you could just fly down to Florida yourself, but as dangerfield would have added, "Boy, would your arms be tired!"
Actually, you and others have pointed out a very salient root issue: our current govermental system and taxing structures really do not work any longer. Our entire systems need to be overhauled, and that ain't gonna be easy.
oddly enough, if more people were better educated on these and other critical issues, the government might well have been reworked far earlier. OOPS! Do we see a pattern developing between mediocre education and poor government practises? I sure have, and I don't think it has been coincidental.
citizen

Dover, PA

#16 Feb 25, 2009
typical wrote:
I guess my first question is: why are these people relying on social security to live on during their retirement?
Joan Higgs has a Teachers' retirment. Her husband had a successful business. There has to be other income. The truth is that they have more than 30K social security. NOW it would have been a better story if we had folks who fall in that category-they are plenty out there. How did the paper pick the Higgs?
typical

New Cumberland, PA

#17 Feb 25, 2009
citizen wrote:
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Joan Higgs has a Teachers' retirment. Her husband had a successful business. There has to be other income. The truth is that they have more than 30K social security. NOW it would have been a better story if we had folks who fall in that category-they are plenty out there. How did the paper pick the Higgs?
That's what I was kind of wondering? Why did the paper pick people who seem to be, by most accounts, pretty well off.

Same thing goes for the other guy in the story griping about the taxes on his half million dollar home.

Personally, I don't really understand why older people would want to live in a huge family home but they can do whatever they want, live wherever they want. But sheesh, why the constant griping? Do they think they are the only ones who pay property taxes?

There are pros and cons to every situation. If the cons are too much for you to bear, do something to change it. Whining doesn't get you too far.
Herold

Middletown, NJ

#18 Feb 25, 2009
I hope they have a nice vacation in Cancun. I guess they could have gone to Brazil if they wouldn't have to pay those school taxes.
Reason

York, PA

#19 Feb 25, 2009
Most of the budget in school districts (usually 80% or more) goes to teachers salaries and benefits. If you look at what they pay versus what you pay, you would be amazed. The unions have done a great job telling you how teachers are underpaid and overworked. Gimme a break! Start raising the number of kids in a class and slash costs. And hopefully the state can get out of local school's business, especially if they cut funding and raise mandates. It's time to get real educators. We are not in Kansas anymore.
cammy

Clarks Summit, PA

#20 Feb 26, 2009
typical wrote:
I guess my first question is: why are these people relying on social security to live on during their retirement?
Because most retirees living totally on social security are women who were paid less then men to begin with and were never able to save enough money!

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