To the Editor:
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for holiday cheer. Time for deciding what to give others, and, in the case of DeKalb’s local elected officials, how much they should get from you.
It’s not as if they are being greedy. The amount that is being asked for in addition to what you are already paying in taxes locally is never crippling. And it almost always is earmarked for something needed.
Furthermore, if your elected officials don’t get as much as they can, the institutions that decide on the interest being charged for outstanding bonds might think that when government is not getting as much as they can from you, they are being irresponsible, and might raise the interest on outstanding bonds.
Why shouldn’t we let our local officials keep raising your taxes, you might ask.
We should not increase our taxes because we already rate among the very highest-paying taxpayers in the nation for property taxes.
We should not raise taxes because doing so never inspires frugality; it reinforces the concept of always going to the taxpayer when you need more money.
We shouldn’t because, by raising taxes, we scare potential taxpaying residents away, and cause current taxpaying residents to flee.
We shouldn’t because, when our public employees come asking for a raise, it will be hard to ask them to accept less money when we won’t.
It’s a dilemma.
There are no easy answers; there are only hard answers. And the hard answer to the question of whether we should continue to raise taxes is, in my opinion, no.
Member of DeKalb School District 428 Board