Property owners shouldn't pay for your freebies

August 4, 2013 

I read with interest Dan Walter's column about liberals wanting to do away with Proposition 13.

As a property owner whose residence isn't worth what I paid for it, I am being attacked by nonproperty owners to pay more taxes so that they can get more free stuff. What would happen to free stuff if everyone who owned property sold it or just quit paying for it and let it go into foreclosure and no one paid the property taxes?

In addition to property taxes, I get to pay for school bonds, but I haven't had a kid in school for decades and when I did, I owned property and paid the taxes. Yet I look around and see families who rent, don't pay any type of property taxes or bond issues, and have several school-age children.

The movement should be to at least eliminate school bond taxes for property owners at some point, perhaps at age 60, not to increase the burden. At some point the liberals will run out of other people's money to spend.

BYRON HISEY

Newman

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