‘Stay out of my re­tire­ment in­come’

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

Rep. Frank Ryan’s cur­rent tax pro­posal is not very fair to all (“Your View by State Rep. Frank Ryan: Here’s my plan to elim­i­nate school prop­erty taxes in Pennsylvan­ia,” The Morning Call, Sept. 26). I’m a re­tiree and liv­ing on a fixed in­come. I own a house and have been pay­ing for our schools since the end of my tour of duty when I pur­chased my first house.

I have al­ways felt this prop­erty tax was un­fair since I be­lieve ev­ery­one should help pay their fair share for the high cost of ed­u­ca­tion whether they own prop­erty or not. Now your pro­posal is once again sin­gling me, the re­tiree prop­erty owner, out by try­ing to tax my re­tire­ment in­come and giv­ing breaks to oth­ers who should also be pay­ing their fair share.

This is why el­derly peo­ple are los­ing homes. They sim­ply can’t af­ford to keep pay­ing their school tax and still buy needed med­i­ca­tions and essen­tials.

The home­own­ers in Pennsylvan­ia need real re­form, not just a way to get more money from the el­derly. Rep. Ryan’s pro­posal is not fair and should not be im­ple­mented.

Stay out of my re­tire­ment in­come that I alone have worked for all my life.

Jim Daquisto Up­per Ma­cungie Town­ship

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