At every level, tax codes in this country scream out for reform.
Case in point: After two years of paying property taxes based on valuations a quarter of a million dollars higher than the actual market value of my home, now that I can look forward to some relief, I read that Roaring Fork School District Re-1 seeks to consume my “savings” with a $4.8 million mill levy override.
Once again, we will empower voters who might not own real property to decide how those who do should spend their money.
From my lifetime of experience as a student, teacher, and parent in both public and private schools, I have concluded that if private schools can manage to make ends meet through the philanthropic generosity of those who believe in “the product,” then public schools could also do more to appeal to the community, rather than pick the pockets of a select portion of that community that may not even be consumers or beneficiaries of their product.
Incidentally, schools are correct to impose use fees on students for extracurricular activities. Now, however, the Post Independent reports that the Garfield District 16 school board president proposes doing away with such fees if the district’s override request is granted: “That’s our way of giving back in some way for raising taxes,” she is quoted as saying.
The phrase “in some way” belies her dim awareness that dropping the fees gives back nothing to the taxpayer who has no children in the district’s schools; instead, it takes money to support activities previously paid for by those benefiting from the activities. If a school cannot afford football without raising taxes, then it should drop football itself before dropping the fees for it.
There has to be a better, fairer way to fund our schools. I have come to own a home through hard work. Please don’t punish me for that. I will give money to my school district when it stops taking my money without my consent.
I am writing in response to the various letters that have been submitted regarding the logging truck accident and the dangers that the trucks pose on our roadways.
First, let me say that my thoughts go out to the family of the young woman who perished in the accident. It was such a tragedy.
It has been brought to our attention that semi truck drivers speed, and at times drive recklessly. I won’t argue that. I have had some rather interesting close calls myself.
But I can also say that I tend to have had more close calls with the average Joe Citizen, driving their passenger cars.
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from this incident. We as drivers, whether it be in a big rig or a car, need to be aware of what is going on around us. This means looking both ways, never assuming that just because our traffic light tells us it’s OK to go that is really is, and just driving more safely.
We are all on the roadway together, and none of us are perfect. Drive as if your life (and the life of those around you) depends on it.
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