School officials use fear to preserve property tax | Letter

A guide book for slave owners published in 1850 provided guidelines on how to produce the "ideal slave." These guidelines can be broken down into three basic words: fear, submission and helplessness. Currently the Pennsylvania Association of School...

School officials use fear to preserve property tax | Letter

A guide book for slave owners published in 1850 provided guidelines on how to produce the "ideal slave." These guidelines can be broken down into three basic words: fear, submission and helplessness.

Currently the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials is circulating property tax elimination "talking points" through its vast statewide network of officials and school administrators. Filled with falsehoods, half-truths and lies by omission, these talking points are meant to accomplish one thing - instill fear.

To further instill this fear, the 2017 PASBO fear-mongering tour has commenced in Pennsylvania. One leg of this tour stopped in York for a 40-minute presentation. State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-York, a staunch supporter of the Property Tax Independence Act, was allowed a whopping seven minutes to respond. Community members were only allowed to submit questions on index cards which were then hand picked by a moderator. No public comment was allowed. Inevitably, those in attendance attempted to voice concerns but were ultimately left helpless when the event was promptly shut down.

I believe that "well-oiled machines" are attempting to control the narrative leading up to a vote on the Property Tax Independence Act. Fear is the first line of defense in maintaining that control.

No, homeowners aren't being beaten or whipped. But they'll continue to be slaves to the machine as long as the current system of school property taxation remains in place. Break the chains of school property taxes and pass the Property Tax Independence Act.

Brian Fake
Upper Mount Bethel Township

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