The New Kensington-Arnold School Board can — if it chooses — increase our taxes by 3.1 percent for 2014-15. The board has raised taxes for the last three years (1.4 percent in 2011-12, 2.5 percent in 2012-13, and 4.6 percent in 2013-14).
This is unsustainable. We will soon be one of the most heavily taxed districts in Westmoreland County.
The board says this pays for quality education, which I might understand it if our test scores were good, but they're not. I want to know what justifies this tax increase.
We don't have the tax base to keep funding the board's mistakes. I'm not criticizing the newly elected board members — they have their hands full. It's the old guard. Just look at the spending over the last six years.
Our community needs to stand up and say “No!” to this spending. When election time comes, we need to vote in new people. We need fresh blood that thinks out of the box instead of bilking the taxpayers.
What happens when people can no longer afford to pay their school taxes and simply leave? We'll end up with more vacant houses that need to be torn down — yet another cost to our struggling cities.
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