To the editor:
For several weeks, each time I pick up the Laurinburg Exchange most of the front page is about taxes — not enough money to feed the children, not enough money for pay raises for the teachers, nobody can find any jobs, the school board is hollering about needing more money for education and whatever they can find that needs money.
Then — the idea bulb pops — we can add some more money to the property tax. After all, the senior citizens don’t need anything. They have Medicare to pay the doctor and seniors are good cooks so they don’t need to eat out. They do not need new clothes because they take care of the old ones and nobody looks at them anyway — so all they need us seniors for is volunteer work and to pay taxes.
Now here comes the hitch. The money barrel has a big hole in the bottom and more money is going out of that hole then we can put in the top.
There are many Scotland County seniors who will not be able to pay these high property taxes and the doubled home and vehicle insurance.
Suppose the seniors were to stop paying their property taxes for a year or more — where would the board get the money to keep funding the school system? You could let the young people pay a school tax if they have children in school, just a thought.
We have a large population of seniors in this county and if they would come together you might be surprised what could be accomplished.
We would not be a Tea Party, but there is power in numbers, especially at election time and when someone is trying to force more taxes on you.
I would like to remind our politicians that we elect people to protect and represent us, not to be dictators.
Citizens and seniors need to protest a raise on property taxes. There are other places to get your money — leave the home owners alone, we cannot afford it.