Overcast 55° Good Afternoon
Overcast 55° Good Afternoon

Letter: No school-tax break for the childless

People turn out to vote on Tuesday, May

People turn out to vote on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the school board, budget and issues at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Lower taxes for the childless? These say no.

The writer of “Lower taxes for the childless” [Just Sayin’, Jan. 2] is apparently not concerned with having the people she relies on being well educated. A strong public education system benefits everyone, not just parents. Would she prefer to pave only those roads she usually travels?

Ann Kemler, Long Beach

In response to “Lower taxes for the childless,” this writer wants to be absolved of school taxes because she no longer has school age children. Why stop there?

If she never calls the cops or has a fire, why pay those taxes? Never takes the bus? Why pay those taxes?

Long Island is a wonderful but expensive place to live. If you don’t like that, move somewhere cheaper.

Sean King, Levittown


I beg to differ with “Lower taxes for the childless.” It never fails; someone is always begrudging the system that provides equal educational opportunities for all children in New York State. Don’t get me wrong, I most certainly understand the high cost of living on Long Island; however, our schools are the focal point of each community. Sound instructional programs and high-quality school districts have a direct correlation to higher property values. Just ask your local real-estate agent.

I find this statement offensive and absurd: “We paid our dues in school taxes when our children attended Nassau County schools. Now it’s the turn of the schoolchildren’s families to pay.”

What about households like mine that willingly support our schools and don’t have any children? Does the letter writer propose we shouldn’t pay school taxes at all? I’m guessing not.

Neil Katz, Nesconset

Editor’s note: The writer is a school administrator.


To the letter writer who believes it’s unfair that she is still paying school taxes even though her children have graduated, I’d like her to think back to that time and ask herself if she was writing to Newsday imploring that people without children have their taxes reduced.

More than likely, she waited until her family enjoyed the benefit of everyone paying school taxes based on the value of their property before complaining and calling for change.

Michael McAndrew, Seaford