Letters to the Editor

Tax burden did shift with property tax reform

I am puzzled by the Jan 21 letter claiming Act 388 did not shift the tax burden for school operations.

My owner-occupying, next-door neighbor pays just a fraction of the taxes I pay, and our homes are equivalent. I just happen to be a part-time resident. I also pay the added 1 percent sales tax whenever I am in residence.

Seems like a shift in tax burden to me.

Additionally, let's say Act 388 results in a property-tax reduction of $2,000 on a resident owner; that person would have to spend $200,000 in order for the added 1 percent sales tax to end up with a equivalent tax burden. It's unlikely that's going to happen, and therefore a shift in the tax burden must have taken place.

Ron CharlesHilton Head Island

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