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To the editor:

Within the last several weeks, three excellent letters have been published in this newspaper regarding the school funding law. Mr. Gallo, Dr. Morgan, and Mr. Parker all made strong and compelling arguments as to why this antiquated law needs to be repealed.

This school funding law is unpopular among the majority of our tax paying citizens. It has done much to create a burdensome property tax rate that many people struggle to pay. Spend a little time in the courthouse tax office and you will observe people making payments (with interest) on their property because they are not able to pay their tax bills in full when due.

This law can be rescinded, but only if a majority of the school board members vote to do this. Since the school board members are elected, the people have a right to demand of each school board candidate his or her position on the school funding as it now exists. Then it becomes the responsibility of the voters of this county to elect board members who will work with the county commissioners to change this law.

The law has not served to provide our children with a superior education. Our citizens deeply resent the high property tax it demands. Our high property tax rate makes our county an undesirable place to locate industry or business. It indirectly contributes to our shamefully high unemployment rate, the highest in the state.

It is time for our citizens to act. The matter rests in their hands. The matter can be solved by them at the ballot box. Ask the candidates now running their position on this subject.

Frank Lea


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