Sup­port school prop­erty tax re­lief

The Globe - - OPINION -

To the Edi­tor:

In Chel­tenham, a non­in­come pro­duc­ing home is taxed at 4.23 per­cent of as­sessed value. In­come is taxed at 3.07 per­cent by the state, plus 1 per­cent by Chel­tenham for a to­tal of 4.07 per­cent. How does it make sense to tax a non-in­come pro­duc­ing prop­erty at a higher rate than in­come?

Also, a typ­i­cal $6,000 school prop­erty tax is equiv­a­lent to plac­ing a $100,000 mort­gage on a home. How does this make sense?

Re­lief from the bur­den­some school prop­erty tax is gain­ing bi­par­ti­san strength through­out PA. The PA House ver­sion of the Prop­erty Tax In­de­pen­dence Bill, HB76, now has 80 co-spon­sors, Repub­li­cans and Democrats, in­clud­ing the Demo­cratic 0LnRrLWy :KLS. 7wHnWy-WwR more sup­port­ers are needed for pas­sage. The PA Se­nate ver­sion of the Prop­erty Tax In­de­pen­dence Bill, SB76, has 22 co-spon­sors, Repub­li­cans and Democrats. Four more sup­port­ers are needed for pas­sage.

2Xr Rwn 5HS. 6WHYH 0FCarter, D-154, and Sen. LeAnna Wash­ing­ton, D-Pa, are miss­ing from the list of co-spon­sors.

If you agree the school prop­erty tax is a bur­den­some re­gres­sive tax, go to http://www.ptcc. us or http://www.chel­tenham­gop. org and read about the bills, then FRnWDFW 0FCDrWHr DnG :DVKLnJ­ton and ask them to help Chel­tenham’s tax­pay­ers by co-spon­sor­ing the bills, HB76 in the House and SB76 in the Se­nate. School prop­erty tax re­lief is gain­ing bi­par­ti­san sup­port through­out Penn­syl­va­nia. Let’s make it hap­pen. My­ron Gold­man

Elkins Park, PA

AFS looks for fam­i­lies to host Chi­nese stu­dents

To the Edi­tor:

Have you ever con­sid­ered host­ing an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent? Cur­rently we are look­ing for host fam­i­lies for ninth- and 10th-grade stu­dents from China who will study at the Abing­ton Friends School this Septem­ber.

Liv­ing in sev­eral prov­inces in China, th­ese stu­dents have stud­ied English for many years and are ea­ger to be in an Amer­i­can home to ex­pe­ri­ence cul­ture, English and fam­ily life­style. The host fam­ily will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about Chi­nese cul­ture and lan­guage and form a last­ing bond and friend­ship. Hav­ing hosted a num­ber of times, we now have friends to visit in China who have be­come our ex­tended fam­ily. Com­pen­sa­tion is $1,000 per month. Stu­dents will have full aca­demic sup­port and guid­ance. Bus ser­vice is avail­able if your home is within 10 miles of AFS. If your fam­ily is ready to con­sider this op­por­tu­nity, SOHDVH FRnWDFW (ODLnH 0DrJRlis at 484-802-7204 or elaine. margolis@aol.com for more in­for­ma­tion. Elaine Margolis

GOHn 0LOOV

Leg­is­la­ture seeks to ‘de­stroy mar­riage’

To the Edi­tor:

The Chron­i­cle has ad­vised us that a bill is be­ing in­tro­duced in Har­ris­burg that would iden­tify ho­mo­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships as a mar­riage.

This is quite a task for any leg­is­la­ture — to do so re­quires a de­nial of the Cre­ator’s plan for the hu­man fam­ily, a de­nial of hu­man his­tory and a de­nial that the male and fe­male bod­ies have been de­signed to cop­u­late.

As has been stated else­where, “Leg­is­la­tion for same gen­der mar­riages is like leg­is­lat­ing for male breast­feed­ing.”

Those cit­i­zens who charge that they are be­ing short­FKDnJHG finDnFLDOOy Ey WKH state should pur­sue the state for the funds they seek rather than seek to de­stroy mar­riage. J.P. Stan­ton Jenk­in­town

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