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Speak Out: Should Senior Citizens Pay Less For School Taxes?

Posted by Robert Young

It is beyond me why a senior citizen needs to pay the full amount of school taxes when they are on fixed budgets and may never or have not for years sent a child to the Bridgewater school system.

A senior reduction is needed and more pushed upon the wealthy in Bridgewater or the families with kids in school.

Robin B June 06, 2014 at 05:54 PM
"....For the same reason that people who don't have a car have to pay taxes to maintain roads. ..." Whaaaaaaa?????? Then why Do I pay tolls, $14 to cross the George Washington Bridge, NJ turnpike tolls, GSP tolls,etc,etc,etc????????????
scifiwiz June 07, 2014 at 09:26 PM
To argue that because a person does not have children in school that they reap no benefit from the school is wrong. First of all, young people who are occupied with school, and the costly school activities are kids who are busy with positive activites and on their way to paying jobs - not out breaking into houses stealing TVs. (And become working people who pay the Social security taxes that support the older people - no matter where they eventually live and work!) Second, good school districts are one of the things that makes a property in a township valuable- so if the school district remains strong or gets stronger, the property values are positively linked to that. Third as Robin B said, there are lots of services that many of us do not directly use but by pooling resources we make affordable for everyone.
Robert Young June 09, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Scifiwiz, with all due respect just because a township has a good school system does not mean behind the scenes they do not as others have drug problems, break-ins etc: sorry but you pay now as I paid in the past. And the children of the future will help pay SS well as long as Obama does not give all our money away to the Muslims he is bringing into America and the White House. So stop the political talk an face the facts, you will be in our shoes someday..
Robin B June 10, 2014 at 08:49 AM
"....Third as Robin B said, there are lots of services that many of us do not directly use but by pooling resources we make affordable for everyone..."..... I never said any such thing. But that is an accurate statement. But a more equitable school property tax arrangement might be one in which property taxes levies are reduced somewhat for everyone and that portion of 'revenues' is replaced with a fee, based on the number of children each resident has in the school system. For obvious reasons, liberals would never allow such an arrangement in NJ.
Golden Gal June 10, 2014 at 03:01 PM
A recent poll has indicated that 57% of people currently living in NJ do not intend to stay here after retirement. The number one reason is they can not afford the taxes. Unless something changes here only the very rich will remain. Yes, I believe that we all should contribute something to the school property tax,but seniors and people with no children should not,in my opinion, be forced to carry the same load as others.

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