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Tax increase is small price to pay for schools

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By Molly Haines

During the past week, I received several comments concerning the article I wrote on the school board’s decision to increase the tax rate. I would like to take this opportunity to address the subject in my own opinion.

It’s no secret that the United States is currently in a recession. All across the country, men and women are losing their jobs, losing their homes, and can’t afford to pay their bills.

It’s also no secret people do not like to see tax rates being raised in any situation.

However, no matter how hard times may get, every child in Owen County, Kentucky and the United States of America deserves a good education.

During the time that I’ve been working for the News-Herald, I’ve frequently had the opportunity to visit the schools in Owen County. I’ll have to say, I’ve been impressed by each teacher I’ve  encountered and I commend each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication to providing the best possible education to their students with what they have to work with.

The Owen County School District has very little to rely on when the state cuts funding but at the same time mandates a 1-percent raise for teachers. Aside from raising taxes, what are their other options? They could cut teaching positions, but that would create the problem of overcrowded classrooms where it would be difficult for students to get any one-on-one time with their teacher.

There are other options, but each option I can think of does not fully benefit the teachers or students.

Although tax rates have gone up, money will more than likely still be tight. I don’t think any of us could imagine the type of money it takes to run a school district. But by raising the tax rates, I feel sure the schools will continue to run smoothly and teachers will be able to provide a great education for each and every student who is willing to learn.

Although no one likes to pay taxes, it is my hope that the people of Owen County can see past having to pay the extra taxes to ensure that  students receive the best possible education.

Today’s students are your future and it is important that they not fall behind.