Should the childless be allowed to choose how their tax is spent?

By Dann Alexander 

Some people without children have posed an interesting question. Why should they have their tax contributions put toward the education and upbringing of children that they are not legally responsible for?

In most democratic societies, property owners have a portion of their property taxes put towards education in the community. The idea behind this can be traced to the concept of a town raising all of the children. The exact opposite of this argument is something that is probably agreed on by the majority of the population. That argument is we all need to be responsible. Most will say that we all should be contributing. This is in order to help bring up children in strong communities and encourage the future scientists, healthcare providers, great thinkers. I could go on and on and list thousands of occupations. You probably get the picture.

Those without children who have the conviction about having their education portions, may present further arguments. Why can that money not be diverted to other municipal services of their choosing? Truthfully, it would be difficult to find a balance in this equation where all services might need funding. A decrease in education funding might have a trickle-down effect on all services. Interestingly enough, there are places where you do get to choose where the education taxes go via a particular school board.

All sides of this debate will agree on one key point. Parents should be the ones responsible for their children. In these same democratic societies, governments have mechanisms in place to supposedly protect the interests of children. No system is perfect and improvements are always necessary. Still, responsibility ultimately should fall back to the parents.

If you do not have children, how do you feel about contributing to the education of children that are not yours? Where would you like to see more of those tax dollars invested within your communities? If you are a parent, how do you feel about the opinions of some who feel they should not have to pay those education taxes? Do you live in an area where you are required to specify which school board your property tax education portion goes to?

Based just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, Dann Alexander is the Author of Planned UnParenthood – Creating a Life Without Procreating which is available at Amazon and other online retailers. Twitter @WriterDann

Childless by choice

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