Tax paying citizens from around the country are ready to celebrate the lowering of property taxes. Schools and many city offices remain closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19 thus lowering city and county costs. Citizens for Lower Taxes spokesperson Pi Insky said, “Some of the largest costs associated with schools and city offices have come way down. No need to heat or cool the buildings or clean them. Ancillary costs such as cafeterias, physical education, bus transportation and band equipment have been slashed. We estimate without even trying, cities and counties are saving at least 30%.”
It is estimated that an additional 20% or more could be saved with some additional cost cutting. Mr. Insky states, “With classroom size no longer a constraint, teachers can easily teach larger groups thus reducing the number of teachers needed. A class of 75 could be taught with one teacher and a few aids. This could cut teacher and administrative salaries by at least a third. Additionally, city offices are now moving to more online processing of applications, permits etc., thus prompting questions if offices and administrative duties can be consolidated or eliminated.”
Mayor of Dragon Beach, CA, Rich R. Thanshat, said, “We have seen opportunities to cut significant costs to help our citizens, but have run into some resistance from the teachers and public sector unions. They seem unwilling to negotiate.” Heartland News contacted the Teachers Union for comment, but they have not returned calls given they are attending summer union training in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Greenville, SC resident, Cara Hamilton, said, “I am fortunate that I have been able to work from home and keep my job. But many of my neighbors have been furloughed or laid off. I’m sure that our elected officials will help us. After all, they were the ones that closed our businesses and schools.” As we walked to the mail box with Ms. Hamilton to see if any county notices had arrived she said “well nothing today, but I'm sure my tax reduction notice is in the mail.”
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