Should People Without Children in Public School Pay School Taxes?

Should people without children be required to pay a public school tax? How about people who have children but place them in a private school or homeschool their children; should those parents be required to pay a public school tax the they are not even using the amenity?

One Southern California man doesn’t think they should have to! He is pushing a new proposal that would allow exemption for citizens who do not have dependents enrolled in any public schools.


Fox 26 Houston reports:

The proposed initiative is called the “California Education Tax Relief Act” and has received approval from the State Attorney General’s Office to begin collecting signatures for the November 2018 ballot.

Lee Olson of Huntington Beach is listed as the proponent behind the proposal on the Secretary of State’s list of initiatives cleared for circulation.

According to estimates by the state’s Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance, the measure could reduce state and local revenues by tens of billions of dollars annually.

The proposal needs to get 585,407 signatures by May 28, 2018 in order to qualify for the ballot.

I think this is a good idea. Why pay for things that you are not involved with in any way? It makes sense for taxes to pay for roads and amenities that everyone is using. However, people who do not have children in state funded schools should not have to pay for it.

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