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EPSD falls from 3rd to 7th

Sadly, the EPSD has fallen from the third lowest tax rate of ten districts in Lehigh County to sixth, and may fall to seventh out of ten after this budget cycle (behind Catty, which proposes no increase) even if EPSD's proposed tax increase is reduced to the 2.1% index instead of the now proposed 3.9% with exceptions.
Carl Stevenson May 12, 2014 at 06:47 AM
The teachers union toadies on the EPSD Board need to be tarred and feathered and run out of town for their never ending tax increases. I wish people would all get together and refuse to pay school tax. People should NOT be renting their property from the school district in perpetuity. This has to stop. I have never had, nor will I ever have kids in EPSD schools, so why should I, or others like me, have yo pay thousands of dollars a year to "educate" other people's' kids. Those who have kids should pay for them and stop the "legalized" ROBBERY from the rest of us.
Chuck Ballard May 14, 2014 at 01:56 AM
What a truly great citizen you are Carl. You ignore the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when it says the legislature should provide for (and therefore collect the taxes for from all citizens) a thorough and efficient system of public education. But even worse, you are the kind of person Thaddeus Stevens took to task over 175 years ago in his speech to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives: “It would seem to be humiliating to be under the necessity in the nineteenth century, of entering into a formal argument to prove the utility, and to free governments, the absolute necessity of education........He cheerfully pays the tax which is necessary to support and punish convicts, but loudly complains of that which goes to prevent his fellow beings from becoming criminals, and to obviate the necessity of the humiliating institutions (poor houses)....Many complain of the school tax, not so much on account if its amount, as because it is for the benefit of others and not themselves. This is a mistake. It if for their own benefit, inasmuch as it perpetuates the government and ensures the due administration of the laws under which they live and by which their lives and property are protected...All of these things would be easily admitted by almost every man, were it not for the supposed cost. I have endeavored to show that it is not expensive; but admit that it were somewhat so, why do you cling so closely to your gold?...” 175 years later and people like you are still clinging to their gold.

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