Nassau homeowners open their tax bills to find an average 6.8 percent increase in school taxes ["Finger-pointing on property taxes," News, Oct. 6]. Over the past two years, school taxes have jumped an average of 19.1 percent. This despite homeowners being led to believe that a state cap was to limit the levy increase to around 3 percent.
Fingers are pointed in every direction, but at the end of the day, the homeowner still has to swallow this hefty increase. The things that have to be said would be political suicide for the career politician.
Everyone should pay a fair share toward school taxes, but on a sliding scale. Seniors living on a fixed income should pay a minimal amount. Couples without children should pay a certain amount. Couples whose children are no longer in the school system should pay a certain amount.
Families who presently have children enrolled in the school system should pay more based on the number of children. This is one different, fresh approach.
I am all for quality education for the children on Long Island, but am tired of their programs always being threatened when the school tax debate is brought up. The reality is that if things continue, these same children, upon adulthood and starting a family, will not be able to afford to live here.
Tony Giametta, Oceanside