Friday, June 08, 2007

Should the Childless Pay School Tax?

"I never had any kids," says a 64 year old taxpayer, "so why should I pay school tax?"

"My kids are grown, so why must I still pay school tax?" queries a middle aged parent.

"I no longer have kids in this county's school system," says a divorced father of two, whose kids live with his ex in another state. "So why am I still paying school tax for them?"

This has got to be one of the most selfish arguments I've heard.

However, cynic that I am, I'd like to propose that from now on, non-parents should be allowed to apply for a waiver that exempts them from having to pay school tax. By their own definition, they don't gain anything because they have no offspring in the school system, so they can be excused. Let all the people who HAVE kids pay a little extra for that benefit.

But in order to qualify, these non-parents must wear a t-shirt that says, in big bold letters, "I HAVE NO SCHOOL CHILDREN, SO I WILL NOT PAY ANY SCHOOL TAXES."

Then maybe the public can help to explain to them why EVERYBODY should pay school taxes.