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Letter: Would Sales Tax Be Partial Solution?

I am writing in response to your article “Tax Rates Soaring,” in your October 9-15 issue. You pointed out that the school tax rate for Port Washington homeowners increased by 8.06 percent this year and 8.1 percent last year. According to my calculations, my school tax rate for the Port Washington school district increased by 10.25 percent this year, and 13 percent last year. However, what is more important, is that we must find new additional ways of funding these insane school taxes.

For example, I might suggest a 1 percent sales tax increase devoted solely to the purpose of reducing school taxes. By doing this, it would allow not just property owners to share the brunt of school taxes, but non-property owners as well.

I realize that these new funds would have to be shared equally by both the richest and poorest of school districts. I also realize as a result of this, that there might be some backlash by the more affluent school districts, however additional revenues must be found. Being a lifetime citizen of Port Washington, I can assure you that there are still a few of us left who will not have the financial means to continue to live out the rest of our lives in this beautiful town, while these insane tax increases continue unabated.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Urcan