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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Same old story on school taxes

To the Editor:

Here we go again. The Northampton Area School District has announced the annual “preliminary” school property tax increase. Sure, it’s 3.9 percent now, but it will be lower when approved. I’ll bet it will be about 2.9 percent since that is the state “limit” without our input, and we will be told that the district did us a favor by lowering the original tax increase.

In 2018, my Social Security benefit increased a whopping 2 percent. However, my Medicare insurance premium increased 19.6 percent, which is deducted from my Social Security amount. That leaves me with a “huge” 1.1-percent net increase in my Social Security spendable income. Not a lot there to spend on more school property taxes, food, fuel, medical expenses or any unforeseen emergencies.

New year, same old story. This tax increase madness has to stop.

Stephen L. Radakovits

Allen Township