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Posts published in November 1999

Make the developers pay for new schools

Column by Hal Walter

Local Taxes – November 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN a bit perplexed by the notion of a property tax to pay for schools.

I drive a motor vehicle, and I’m taxed for the use of the road by way of licensing and registration. If I go to the landfill, I’m charged a fee. That seems fair.

But this school thing is different. I have no children, but as a property owner I must pay taxes for schools. In fact more than half of the property taxes I pay go to schools. It makes better sense to me that we should tax parents in order to pay for schools. Charge them a flat fee per head.