When a person graduates from high school, he can choose the higher education route and spend lots of money getting a degree. Or, he can spend lots of money on farmland and equipment to become a farmer.
The first one might end up paying some real estate taxes if he eventually buys a home. The second one is being taxed to death if he lives in Nebraska, where the lion’s share of funding for schools and local government spending comes from farmers and ranchers.
It is time to do away with the archaic idea of taxing property which may or may not produce income, and instead implement some other fairer system of taxation, such as perhaps a local income tax. And how about a genuine reduction in spending?
Sincerely, Kenneth Dirks