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Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Homeowners in this state have had it. Our property taxes constantly go up because school budgets cannot be balanced. Real estate taxes are the main support for school districts, which is really unfair to homeowners. Pennsylvania has to come up with a way to fund school districts — and teacher pensions — without property owners being the main contributors.

The first thing should be to end property tax breaks for corporations. Then, the state should take more money from gambling revenue and fund our schools. Our Legislature made a lot of promises when it begged for gambling that haven't come true — particularly greatly reduced property taxes.

School boards get backed into the corner when it comes to balancing these budgets because of the way we are taxed. The state has to come up with some kind of tax reform.

Legislators should be making property tax reform in Pennsylvania a top priority. School districts need to make cuts in their budgets. Parents should be paying for extra activities that kids want to be involved in and teachers should pay more into their pensions.

I'm sure there are a lot of things that could save money in these schools. They just have to tighten their belts and get it done. Most of the time, I think school boards and administrators do a good job. It's our state lawmakers who need to step up and do theirs.

John Tierney

Allegheny Township

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