The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 31, 2014

The seniors are coming

After reading about the teachers in the Danville School District rejecting an 8.26 percent raise I was disgusted and then thankful that this wasn’t happening in my school district.

Although it would only be a matter of time before the teachers’ union in my district demand an equal or higher raise. As a retired individual I, for one, am sick and tired of pandering to the teachers and their unions giving them huge raises and exceptional benefit packages while I get absolutely nothing in return.

I strongly believe during each contract negotiation every teacher’s salary along with the cost of their benefits package should be published on the front page of all local newspapers. Furthermore the additional costs associated with all aspects of the proposed contract should be included so the taxpayers know what to expect in future tax bills.

It was alluded that there is some labor law may have been violated when the contract offer was revealed. This is outrageous! I have to pay their salary and benefits. I should have a say when it comes to a contract offer. Talk about taxation without representation. Quite frankly I should have a say and be kept up to date on all offers.

Ultimately the taxpayer, excluding the teachers since their vote would pose a conflict of interest, should have the final say.

You see this is a hot-button topic with me as my father was literally taxed out of his home. After almost a year of trying to gain some form of tax relief it ultimately came down to the two choices the tax assessors gave him: 1) pay your taxes, or 2) sell your house and move somewhere else. What he didn’t say was failure to do one of the two would result in him being evicted and the house going up for a sheriff’s sale. He ended up having to sell the house and move in with me.

Now, since I have retired, every year in the back of my head I hear this voice saying. “The taxman is coming, the taxman is coming.” Isn’t it time the senior property owner gets some relief? Our income is basically frozen, why shouldn’t our property taxes be frozen? Isn’t it time our legislators help us by passing a bill that freezes property taxes? If they don’t perhaps they will hear in the back of their heads, “The seniors are coming, the seniors are coming and they vote.”

Randy Straub,

New Columbia

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