To the editor:
In the editorial, "School funding reform incomplete without tax relief," the author argues: “Real school finance reform, however, requires more than just changing how state money is allocated. It requires lower property taxes and a plan to consolidate several of Illinois’ more than 800 school districts.”
I disagree with this proposal. I believe the opposite should happen. Property taxes should remain the same. The state should allocate more money from other taxes, such as income taxes, to schools.
Certain school districts in Illinois face more scarcity within their budgets than others. The state could also allocate more of the income tax toward schools instead of relying so heavily on property taxes. This causes even more scarcity because those low-income areas have much lower property taxes than wealthier areas. The increased income tax would allow schools the fill the gaps within their budgets. This could be achieved through mutual adjustment. Districts with wealthier occupants will in turn be able to help fund the districts in low-income areas.
I do not believe a property tax increase is necessary for this to occur. Simply by re-allocating certain portions of revenue from taxes, this could be achieved.