Opinion: Sun Cities residents should be ashamed

This letter is in response to your article (“No Taxation Without Representation,” Peoria Today, July 18, 2018) concerning age-restricted communities paying secondary school taxes.

First, the main problem lies in our school funding system. Why are voters voting on issues such as whether to build a new school? Do we vote on whether to build a new library or a new park or improve our streets? No, we elect officials who are close to the source to make those decisions, i.e., congressmen, city council members, school boards.

Second, Sun City and Sun City West residents should be ashamed.

Not only do they not pay their school taxes, but they boast about it. Taxpayers most likely paid for their education. Taxpayers most likely paid for their children’s education. Why shouldn’t they help pay for our next generation’s education?

Two years ago, my husband and I decided to downsize and move into a retirement community. Our Realtor encouraged us to look at homes in Sun City. I refused. I was not going to live in a place that didn’t support our schools. We live in Westbrook Village, where we proudly pay our school taxes each year.

City of volunteers? Volunteer to pay your school taxes.

Corte Bella, I have a challenge for you. Pay your school taxes this year with your head held high. You are making a difference in the lives of the children in our community.

Don’t ever forget, whoever told you life was fair, lied to you.

Ruth Culley

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