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Are homeowners with kids getting a free ride?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis October 30, 2013 09:15 AM

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OK, it seems fairly mean-spirited to cast homeowners with children as moochers, living off the municipal largesse.

But I suspect in our increasingly selfish and graying society there are more than a few people out there who think having children is some sort of strange indulgence, a lifestyle choice that forces everyone else to pay higher taxes to support the local schools.

Here's Jima, a frequent contributor to the comments section of this blog, who feels homeowners with school age children are "riding free" on the backs of the suffering childless like him.

Jima was weighing in on my Tuesday post, which detailed how the cities and suburbs across the Boston area have some of the highest property taxes in the country, but also some of the best schools.

Are the taxes worth it? It depends on your personnal situation.

If you have no children - Absolutely not.

If you have more than one child in public school ,you are getting more than you are paying for. The empty nesters are paying for your childrens' education. Fairness would be a tax adjustment based on the number of children.

The biggest advocates of more school spending are those with many children that are riding free on other's money. The RE tax system is horribly wrong.

Jima's comments are a good example of the attitudes that have helped shut down housing construction in towns and suburbs across Greater Boston, driving up home prices and rents for everyone, whether or not you have kids.

I thought MWK, who pays $5,000 a year on his house in Quincy and believes he is getting a a deal compared to New York area taxes, hit it right on the head. And by the way, he doesn't have any kids either.

On the other hand, when did this country become all about me, me, me??

People pay taxes for schools whether they have kids or not, because our society has determined that educating children is an important function and is critical for our mutual success as a Nation. All those well-educated children coming out of MA schools are what make our economy successful.

They are also the ones who will be paying for your Senior Citizen Center, your RIDE services, your home health aides, etc. when you are old.

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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