Paying Your Share

Aug 23, 2017

To the Editor:

This is in response to Larry Chalk (“Funding Fiasco,” 8/16).

Larry, I’m sorry you don’t value a good education. Yes, the year-round population on the Island is down, resulting in fewer kids from each town heading over the bridge to Southern. Because of that, the per-pupil cost goes up. However, the taxpayers on LBI and the mainland are assessed at the same rate when it comes to school taxes.

You’re no different than people in a senior development arguing that they shouldn’t have to pay school taxes because there are no students in their development. What’s next? “Nobody on my block has any kids, so we don’t want to pay school taxes!” What about my neighbor who pays more for his five-bedroom house than I do, despite having no kids in the district? Can he opt out, too?

The cost of education is shared by the communities, not just those who have students in the district. I fail to see how you feel the cost is unjust and unnecessary. Homes with larger property values simply pay more in taxes. Seems equitable.

You’re paying your share, no more, no less. Want to reduce your school taxes? Consider a smaller home. I’d gladly take on that increase in taxes, school and otherwise, if I could afford it – for the luxury of owning a home on Long Beach Island.

Tim Thomas

Beach Haven West


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Aug 24, 2017 06:16

What Tim Thomas fails to recognize is that the Island property owners pay an exhorbitant percent of the school budget with little to no possible opportunity for representation. Most of the Island tax payers are not primary residents and therefore have no say in local government, school board decisions or how the school budget is developed or administered. This is truly taxation without representation for tens of thousands of homeowners. And, yes, that is most definitely not fair.

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