Letter: Property tax hike hurts senior citizens


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When I was 26, I became a homeowner. I have maintained my home. I raised my family in that home. There are memories there. My child attended school in that school district.

Fast forward, 40 years later, I still own my home. My child is raised and has her own family. It’s just “us,” and we are now senior citizens collecting Social Security and a small pension. Our income is fixed.

Last November, our school district’s two levies passed. Who was able to vote “yes” on last November’s ballot? Not just homeowners, but people who are renting/living in apartments and houses in our district. These taxes aren’t affecting their income.

Homeowners should be the ones voting on these levies that affect their property tax. Homeowners without children attending this school should also receive a tax credit, since they have no children in the school system. I have paid 40 years of property tax and financially supported the school system long after my child graduated. Where does it end?

Inflation is at its highest. The price of food and gas has crushed my budget. Our property taxes have skyrocketed. I’m pretty sure I am not the only homeowner who was shocked at the huge hike in taxes.

I believe homeowners need to speak up.

Paula Newland

Lima

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