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April 26, 2014

LETTERS FOR APRIL 26, 2014: Consider sharing savings through Concord referendum

Consider sharingsavings through Concord referendum

The Concord School system is facing many difficult financial decisions and has requested a referendum that would increase the property tax bill for properties within the school district. This funding is desperately needed by the school system. If the referendum does not pass, there are obviously going to be other decisions made to offset the lost funding.

I would never tell someone how to vote on an issue; that’s a decision each of us needs to make on our own. However, I do believe that a voter should be as informed as possible and use that knowledge to make an educated decision.

The primary factor that is driving this funding shortfall for the schools is the property tax cap that was put into place several years ago. This cap limits the maximum amount of property tax per year on a residential property to 1 percent of the property’s gross assessed value. This cap has saved me more than $5,700 in property taxes over the last five years (more than $1,100 per year). If the referendum were to pass, my taxes would increase approximately $320 annually from where they currently are. With the additional itemized deduction on my income tax return, this referendum would cost me about $270 out of pocket per year. I would certainly prefer to continue to fully reap those benefits. However, I personally feel it is time to return some of my future savings back to the school system through this referendum.

I would encourage everyone to look at your past property tax bills and note the effect on your bill from the cap. Then decide if you will join me in voting yes for the referendum May 6.

— Jared Sponseller


Embarrassed by GC’s soccer decision

I am writing in regard to Goshen College letting soccer coach Tavi Mounsithiraj go. I am a 2003 graduate of Goshen College, and was an athlete (not soccer). While I was at GC, I never witnessed anyone who had more zeal and enthusiasm for any sport than coach Tavi. Tavi loved his players, past and present, would always be upbeat, and showed a true concern for all of the student body at GC.

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