Letter to the Editor: Here lies the problem with the proposed tax levy
I have read the many letters and editorials in The Marshall Democrat-News these past weeks concerning the levy proposal for the Marshall Public School District. No one can argue the fact that many of the district's buildings are quite old, however, I have a few questions and concerns.
While it is probably accurate to assume a prospective new business would look at the school system, I believe the overall physical condition of the city and it's infrastructure would also be examined, as well as sales and property tax rates.
Nearly every business requires property to actually conduct business, and in my opinion, here in lies the problem. On Jan. 24, the MDN ran an informative article that included a bar chart showing the approximate increase of property taxes according to the assessed value of your property. In each example of assessed valuation, the school district portion of your taxes increased approximately 48 percent with passage of the tax levy proposal. Every owner of a house, building or land in Marshall School District will see their tax rate increase approximately 48 percent!
Perhaps it is time to change the way our schools are funded. Surely, fair options exist that would result in a lower tax on a larger segment of the population.
I believe the educators in Missouri have the political strength and public support to persuade the legislature to consider other options.
I certainly do not have all the answers, but I do agree with the other letters to the editor: we all need to vote. It is our right, responsibility and privilege as Americans.
-- Jim Beerman, Marshall