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Take care raising seniors' property tax exemption in Glenville

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Senior property tax exemptions are a reasonable way for municipalities and school districts to give elderly taxpayers, many of whom live on small, fixed incomes and don’t have children in school, a break on their taxes so they can stay in their homes after they stop working. But every dollar of relief they confer on seniors has to be made up by someone else, and in an economy with many non-seniors also on “fixed” (read: ...

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October 27, 2012
11:51 a.m.

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That's right. Take from the poor to pay teachers $100,000 for 10 months work. It makes perfect sense.

Of course, the Gazette editors write opinions without facts. Exactly how much would it increase the property taxes of teachers and the like to provide some relief to the poor? My educated guess is far less than the size of the annual tax increase the district gets.

The educated elite -- Gazette editors included -- are bound and determined to preserve their status, even if it means taking advantage of the poor. You people are pathetic.

The exemption should be raised to the maximum permitted by law. I'll gladly have my property taxes increased to pay for it far sooner than I would to increase the salaries of educators, which are objectively 20% higher than the free market rate.

To be clear, the exemption would not benefit me. It would raise my taxes. I am not advocating for a tax break for myself.