It takes a village to raise a child — believe me, I know.
I don’t have children but my biggest tax bill comes from the school district, so I’ve helped educate many other people’s snot-nosed darlings over the years.
Anyway, Keller voters got fed up with what they considered a fiscally irresponsible school district and voted down a proposed school tax rate increase. Keller school officials said the voter rejection will result in 240 layoffs and cuts in service.
A group called KISD Families for Fiscal Responsibility pushed for voters to reject the tax increase.
Now the Keller school district is saying parents will have to spend hundreds of dollars each year to put their beloved babies on the school bus.
Parents aren’t happy about that. After all, bus rides have always been “free.”
So here’s my point. Families with children helped vote down the tax rate increase. And now parents are being asked to pay for bus service for their children, and they’re whining about how unfair it is.
I seldom complain about school taxes because I believe in providing a solid education for children and keeping this old world from sinking too much farther into Idiocracy. But it sounds ungrateful to hear parents bitching about having to pay extra for their children’s bus service, when childless adults have been paying money out the wazoo to help pay for education and bus rides all these years.
Money’s tight. I wouldn’t want to have to reach into my pockets and try to find an extra $300 or $400 either. Maybe that’s why studies show that a steadily growing number of couples have voluntarily chosen to go childless during the past 50 years.
As these couples grow in number and their willingness to continue subsidizing education for other people’s children wanes, they might become more organized and resist school taxes or maybe even change laws to freeze their taxes like elderly people have done.
You can bet you’ll hear some whining from parents then.