Share public education’s cost equally
Free public education benefits society as a whole. Therefore society as a whole shares the burden of providing it for those who need it.
But wait, public school funding in Pennsylvania is not shared by the whole of society. Using property assessments as a basis for levying school taxes is not fair. I pay more tax than my neighbor does because my house is bigger. No two homes on any given street pay the same amount.
That system is archaic and a grossly inequitable distribution of burden. This system made sense in the Middle Ages when wealthy barons and nobility owned all the land and the only other class of people rented.
So what’s better? Increasing sales tax? Adding food, clothing, diapers, etc. to the list of taxables? How about increasing earned income tax or taxing retirement benefits? These are all inequitable distributions of the burden.
I think the answer starts with agreeing on the definition of fair. To me, the solution will be fair when everyone pays the same amount.
Randall Hartman Bethlehem