How and why do our property tax dollars fund public education? It’s a tricky thing, asking taxpayers to pay for something they don’t feel they use every day. After all, some see public education as a public good that serves the overall economy and community. But others… don’t.
Last month, I had to tell my middle-school age children that something really bad happened at a high school. Not at the high school just over a mile from our home in Michigan, but at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Our children were horrified by the tragedy, and given a recent action by our school board, by something else.
A year after moving to our new home in Michigan, we faced a big property tax hike. We swallowed hard, but paid it. After all, we had little choice, and it did reflect an increase in the value of our house. Then there is the story about homeowners in Chicago.