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Not all veterans may want exemption on property taxes

Posted 16 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

The Medina Central School district is considering the option to offer veterans a discount on their school tax, which I believe is a good idea that would benefit the vets greatly.

However, I wonder if veterans would actually take this discount knowing that it raises taxes on their neighbors, including some vets that are ineligible for this discount. Everyone can agree veterans deserve thanks and praise for their service regardless of how and when they served.

If there is a policy in place that benefits someone who is in need, they should apply for it. A reduction in taxes is always beneficial, but not necessarily at the cost of your neighbor or your community.

We are one of the poorest counties in the state, and a large percentage of the population is living paycheck to paycheck.

For myself I will be happy to pay the extra amount, as it is the least I can do to help veterans. However there are many in the neighborhood that would like to pay this but are just not financial able to.

The school board faces a tough choice, especially since there is not a wrong choice. If you are a veteran please make sure the school board knows how you feel.

Timothy Elliott
Medina resident and “military brat”