The front page article in the Aug. 14 paper on the upcoming Linn-Mar Community School District bond vote (“Linn-Mar counting on voters to back $55 million bond”) had a secondary headline — “lower bond, lower tax levy on second attempt to build schools” — that we found misleading.
The district’s share of our current property tax is 47 percent. The new, lower bond issue will push Linn-Mar’s share to nearly 50 percent.
Set to hit fixed income property owners again, Linn-Mar needs to approach state legislators with a second angle to their bond issue. There are states that freeze property taxes for owners, once they reach age 65. Additionally, there are states that exempt Social Security and pension income from state income tax. More bond issues would pass if these senior tax issues were addressed.
Cities could also help. Designate use of local-option sales tax revenue solely to local school boards, for construction and updating, by skipping all the “pet projects.” Using LOST funds would have everyone’s skin in the game, not just property owners.
Until the senior issues mentioned above are addressed, bonds will continue to receive our “no” vote.
Jean and Bert Graham