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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Property taxes will rise

Maybe we should start a community contest to see who can come closest to predicting the date when the first legislator will complain about local school districts raising property taxes. The state pushes the funding responsibilities back to local boards, but gives them no control over how much they get to spend for their students.

The ugly truth is that our patrons are likely to receive even less money for their local students, but pay more for it while the state pays less.

Here is one of the first news articles to acknowledge it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It didn't take very long. Marvin Reigsecker (R), Goshen stated in Sunday's "Goshen News" that he will be tracking property tax trends this summer in hopes that the General Assembly can do something about them next year.

Anonymous said...

How much of an increase do you think there will be for a $100,000 property? Currently Tippecanoe Township residents can look forward to an increase of about $33.00 for a $100,000 property to support the library in 2006. In the future they can expect another increase due to the very low amount allotted to the fire department. Imagine a government that approves a higher tax for a library than for a fire department that has to follow mandatory state laws and OSHA rules.

Dr. Mark J. Stock said...

How much property tax increase is hard to say because it is driven by the state funding formula which our administration and school board have no control over.

The state requires it to be paid by the locals and then blames us for the increase when the school had nothing to do with it.

I can sympathize with your fire department analogy. Obviously, I would support a good public library, but what you are talking about with the fire department is similar to what schools face.

Unfunded mandates. We have so many I don't know where to start. The state and federal government continually adds more laws and requirements year after year and without additional funding streams.

And, I would assume like the fire department, they never announce which rules and regulations you can STOP following.