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Shadyside Levy

August 27, 2013
Times Leader

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the front page story on the Shadyside School levy that will be on the ballot this November. I know money is tight for most people, but usually we all get our bills paid. No one wants to pay more taxes, including myself. However, taxes are what pay the bills in our town and schools.

The first big social event of the school year will be the homecoming dance. Consider what you will pay for your teenager to attend this dance. There are tickets to buy, dress clothes for the boys, flowers to purchase and a new gown for the girls which will have to include shoes, purse and other accessories, and of course dinner at a nice restaurant. Is the cost up to or over $300. All this money spent for one evening.

Examples in the school levy article quoted additional taxes of $81 for a home worth $50,000; $161 for a $100,000 home and up to $323 on a home valued at $200,000. These taxes are to pay for an education that will last a lifetime. Compare the two costs. Which one is the better value?

Ranelle Hoover DePaulis




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