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OK, within an order of magnitude, how much do you pay to your local schools? Maybe a better question is what percentage of your gross income goes to support your local schools?

I do not get more services simply because my gross income is higher. Actually, I get less. So the question is not "How much do I pay as a percentage?" but "How much do I pay?" When I buy a bag of peanuts from the grocery store, they make me pay a fixed amount. When I buy a gallon of gas, I am not asked how much I made so that they can adjust the charge. When I go to buy a car, the price is not adjusted based on the size of my house. Pricing of electricity and VCRs are not based on my tax bracket. Why should education be? I need food, shelter, and heat much more than I need education.

You and I are in similar positions since both of us pay and neither of us have children. You, of course, may still have kids in the future, so you derive some advantage from supporting schools that I do not. If we are close to the same percentage at opposite ends of the country, maybe we can begin to define "fair."

This is irrelevent, until we agree on a framework as to what is "fair". To charge me more because I work harder and smarter is not, IMHO, fair.

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