Your Opinion August 4, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Don’t raise property taxes for Lee schools
The whole world is in an austerity mode trying to reign in out of control spending.
In the U. S., everything from our vital defense budget to our Department of Education is facing severe cuts to reign in spending. But locally, our Lee County School District wants to raise its budget by more than a million and a half dollars. No austerity there. And, they want to raise our ad valorem tax, buzz word for property tax, to do it. My wife and I have a combined total of 59 years in education, and throwing money at education problems seem to be the only answer government has to solving these problems. Ninety percent of the time, they are wrong. Homeowners are stretched to the limit now. We don’t need a property tax increase to further our own budget-cutting woes.
Terry Blair Carr
Tupelo

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