Recent letter writers and editorials bemoan the fact that Beaufort County primary homeowners are getting a break on property taxes that "second" homeowners (investment property owners?) and business owners (corporations?) must otherwise pay to support the county school operations.
Thus the cry goes out to restore the payment of school operating expenses by primary property owners, regardless of the fact that many are retirees who, prior to relocating from mostly Northern and Northeastern states, paid outrageous property taxes for years.
Not all retirees relocated to this area for the weather. Some fled the confiscatory real estate taxes of states like New Jersey, where up to 75 percent of each property tax dollar went to school budgets.
For 37 years, my wife and I paid the local municipal tax knowing that education was important to the well-being of our community. Having put three children through the school system, we paid "our fair share" of education expenses. But having paid our fair share, it was time for us to get relief from local taxation that was consuming a large portion of our retirement fixed income and diminishing any quality of life we hoped for.
The real estate industry in Beaufort County wants the tax on second homes and business properties eased so its members can sell more second homes and commercial properties. It is they who are self-serving, and not the primary property owners.
Raymond W. Stone