One way to make school taxes fairer, 15 September 2007, Chicago Daily Herald, Chicago, Illinois
As the trend for households without children increases (47.2 percent in Kane County, 48.9 percent DuPage County), the Daily Herald, (Aug. 29) pointed out a growing concern at the ballot box regarding the anticipated difficulty with the successful passage of future school referendums.
Equitable taxation is the key. Fewer households with children equates to fewer “yes” votes for increasing school taxes.
Why should a household without kids in school pay the same as the next door neighbor with several kids in school? Or vote in favor of a new school referendum?
Surely the “no kids” household should pay something, but not the same amount.
Buy a home, the multiplier is 1. Never have kids in a public school for 12 years; your multiplier drops to a lower rate or zero. This would apply to those who home school or send their kids to a private school. The operative factor is whether or not you use the public schools. The multiplier is transferable anywhere within the state.
posted by Valerie