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."