Do will of people
Editor: People of Lackawanna County were intelligent enough to figure out the reassessment question on the ballot and overwhelmingly voted against it.
People want a way to pay for schools other than property owners paying the freight, especially the elderly who own their homes. The state’s ballot question regarding doing away with property taxes got a “yes” vote and it should send a message to those bent on doing things the old way. The people have spoken and I hope state officials will get moving on this issue.
Advocates say we need a reassessment to make things fair. What’s fair about only property owners paying for our schools? That is unfair. To the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce leaders who want a reassessment to raise the cost of homes and bring in new business, which is unlikely, and at the same time throw older property owners under the bus while they lose their homes, I say, “Shame on you.”
Realtors would like a reassessment so they could make more money on selling homes. I hope reassessment advocates got the message and that applies to The Times-Tribune, which presses the issue without regard for elderly homeowners.
As to Ed Cole’s disagreement with me regarding renters paying property taxes (“Faulty assertion,” Nov. 9) I stand by my opinion that they don’t. He suggests that reassessment would not cause a hardship to elderly citizens. Obviously, voters who oppose reassessment voted almost 2-to-1 against it and didn’t think it was silly. They want a better and fairer way to pay for our schools.
A large number of young adults living in subsidized housing have a large number of children attending schools and do not pay property taxes, either. Let’s see if our elected officials carry out the will of the people. ANN WILLIAMS BLAKELY