Should people without kids pay less school taxes than people with kids?
No, they should not.
Let's just do away w property taxes towards schools. People w kids just pay the tuition. Property taxes can pay for police, fire protection and other city services.
Education is a city service, m8
No, that would increase the tax burden on parents.
So what? Not my fault the government rewards poor people for spitting out kids they can't afford. Maybe they would reconsider having that 5th one. I don't have kids and shouldn't have to pay for other people's education.
Sorry, but it's your duty as a citizen to pay for other people to become functioning members of society. If you don't like it, venture to Somalia. I heard they have no taxes!
Even if you don't have kids you are receiving benefits from there being a school so yes
What benefits are those
Yeah what benefits? This is the dumbest statement in months. What am I getting out of a school I am not utilizing?
To begin with you were likely educated in a public school at some point so you are paying for all that education you got as a kid. Secondly publicly funded education means that the kids most likely to not be in school and be causing trouble and decreasing property values are sitting them butts in class and learning. There are more but those are the big ones.
My parents taxes paid my education. What about people who send their kids to private school?
They are paying twice.
"Secondly publicly funded education means that the kids most likely to not be in school and be causing trouble"
That is a not a compelling reason.
Parents should pay for educating their offspring.
Haha. Should people who hate football have to pay for a new stadium?
Redistribution of wealth takes many forms. Why should single people pay a higher income tax?
Someone paid for me to go to school, so it is my turn to pay for another kid's opportunity. Taxing parents alone would not fund schools. Basic education is needed for all citizens.
Yes, and actually there shouldn't be government schools. Kids needing welfare can get a voucher, but there shouldn't ever be a government school.
No. We all benefit from an educated population
Yes but aren't public schools part of the public sector where the government can allocate a budget from whatever general revenue like income or sales taxes they get? Why a special tax? Our defense is also important but we don't pay a defense tax.
Because they aren't exclusively federally funded. They're funded on a city or county level.
And specific taxes help the payer understand that their money is going directly to the schools and not elsewhere.
I have once favored on SoH that everyone should be allowed to allocate their income taxes so they know where their taxes go. Different priorities would even out. Oddly, almost nobody supported this.
Perfect explanation @Nuclear. Well done.
No. Public education is for the benefit of *all* of our society. It's something we were committed to, to one extent or another, before we were even a country.
I've happily paid taxes for public schools before I had a child of my own in public school, for the years when my child went to a private school, and for the many years since my child graduated from public school.
It's not about *my* child. It's about all of our future citizens. We *all* have a stake in their education.
I knew Susan would phrase it eloquently.
What has your kid done for me Susan?
How about none at all?
If you don't use something, don't be taxed.
The argument can be made that you are benefitting from having kids in your neighborhood who are educated and less likely to cause crime etc. increasing your standard of living.
The department of education will still receive funds, and schools stay funded by families with kids.
I see it like the church taxes some countries have. You can opt out if you don't favor (organized) religion.
You don't use the fire dept until you need them but you've been paying for them since whenever you've started paying taxes.
A fire can happen anytime but if I want kids is my decision.