During COVID, towns raised school taxes when they didn’t need to. They’re not likely to come down.
Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Finally, a normal school year without face masks and split schedules. But one remnant of the pandemic is here to stay — higher property taxes. But contrary to popular wisdom, tax dollars going to schools does not mean the children will receive a better education.
Spurred by fears of massive revenue shortfalls, nearly half of Pennsylvania school districts raised property taxes during the pandemic. Here’s the catch: projected revenue loss never materialized. In fact, the state is still sitting on piles of COVID cash earmarked for “school reopening.”
The lesson: The best thing for our schools isn’t steady “no questions asked” property tax increases. Real education reform begins by questioning how we can restore accountability and put students first.
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