Vote yes to renew taxes

Published 1:39pm Tuesday, February 1, 2011

There’s been much controversy about the Feb. 8 special election to extend the county’s 30 mills of property tax to help fund county public schools.

We’ve been bombarded with e-mails, letters to the editor and comments on our website about the schools’ quest to renew the millage – both positive and negative.
It’s time for us to weigh in. The county’s citizens should vote “yes” in the Feb. 8 special election and extend the 30 mills in taxes.

First of all, these are taxes we are already paying. There will be no increase in what you pay from month to month. Your taxes will stay the same as they are right now. You’ve already grown used to paying these taxes, so there will be no change in your quality of life.

Shelby County is growing by leaps and bounds. Even during the recession, Shelby County continued to grow. Our schools have already had this need to grow, but that growth was hampered by the economy.

The We Say is the opinion of the Shelby County Reporter editorial board.

Now that the economy is in recovery, this is the school system’s chance to take advantage of lower bond rates and favorable economic conditions to make the changes long needed for Shelby County communities. But school system officials can’t do so without our help. For them to be able to lock in the low bond rates, they need to be able to prove the money will be there 10, 15 and 20 years from now. If we don’t renew these taxes, they won’t be able to prove that.

Even if you don’t have children in public schools right now, this will still directly affect you. Your property values are affected by the quality of the school system. The better the school system in the county, the higher all our property values will be.

Investing in our young people means we’re investing in a better quality of life for Shelby County. Choose to invest. Vote yes Feb. 8.

  • seminoletide

    Wow, just WOW –
    I cannot believe this editor is so ignorant and anti-business and anti-personal freedom to actually make a statement like this:

    “You’ve already grown used to paying these taxes, so there will be no change in your quality of life.”

    Paying taxes ALWAYS reduces your quality of life and continuing to pay taxes without any real investigation as to whether the amount being paid is correct or reasonable is ludicrous. You spouting the “party-line” rhetoric about “locking in low bond rates” doesn’t make it any more true than when it was first put forth as a reason to continue a tax for 30 YEARS! There is absolutely no truth to this statement. An appropriate tax revision set up for 15 years along with many needed cuts to a budget that is already bloated would be more than enough to “prove” the county’s financial stability. You stated yourself that “Shelby County is growing by leaps and bounds. Even during the recession, Shelby County continued to grow.” It stands to reason then, that more property tax will be paid in, thereby increasing the coffers by default.
    USE YOUR COMMON SENSE PEOPLE! Don’t get roped in to believing that our ONLY option is a 30 year renewal of a tax. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS AND THIS IS THE TIME TO STOP, SLOW DOWN AND LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS before you make a decision that will have an effect for the next 30 years.

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