Wednesday, October 18, 2006

False Headline in JT on RUSD Tax Increase

The headline reads "Unified District proposes 1.08 percent tax increase". But the amount of taxes collected will increase by 11.8%. So which is it? The headline is false because only the tax rate rose by 1.08%. Taxes collected will increase by 11.8%. If you own a home in Racine, and its value increased by the average amount, you will pay about 10.7% more towards RUSD than you did last year. A 1.08% tax rate increase is meaningless and misleading information. RUSD taxes are skyrocketing well past the rate of inflation, but the results are still lousy. A more accurate title might have been "Failing School District Proposes Massive Tax Increase."

59 comments:

Kathy said...

I am so tired of the skewing of information and the 1/2 truths reported by the JT. Why can't we just have the plain and simple truth instead of always having to read between the lines? In the end people will find out the truth anyway and then it makes everyone look bad; the JT, RUSD, and the suprised taxpayers that assumed there was straightforward reporting. Ulitmately its the kids that will feel the repercussions

Denis Navratil said...

If the headline read "Tax Rate increases 1.08%", it would be a 1/2 truth. By writing "Unified District proposes 1.08 percent tax increase", they are no longer telling 1/2 truths. They are lying.

Kathy said...

Denis,
I agree.

Kathy said...

Denis,
The blog that I keep referring to on your other post regarding voucher schools is the JT blog about this very story. Could you please read this blog and tell me what you think? The blogger is Thinking Out Loud. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what he/she is saying. I'm just looking for some clarity please.

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