Property owners should not be expected to hand over a blank check to the government. Wanting lower taxes for your hard-earned money does not make you a bad person, nor does it imply that you don’t care about education. However, I believe that the choice to restore funding to the Canfield Local Schools can be justified in two ways:
First, it will benefit the property values in Canfield. Property values will increase if there is a higher demand for property. Demand for property will increase if incoming families want to live in Canfield. Incoming families will want to live in Canfield if there are good schools. I know this from experience – my family moved to the Youngstown area when I was in high school, and we chose to live in Canfield primarily because of the quality of the schools.
Second, school funding uses tax dollars in the best possible way. Because Canfield residents invested in me, I had access to some the best high school staff and faculty in the country. I also had the opportunity to compete in many speech and debate tournaments. I believe that the academic rigor and the extracurricular opportunities at Canfield prepared me well for higher education. If I ever own property (and have to pay taxes on it) in the future, I know that I would not be in a financial position to own that property unless years ago, my community invested in my K-12 education.
Because nothing is a better long-term investment than education, I want to thank Canfield residents for all they have done for me and encourage them to do the same for current and future students.
Canfield High School class of 2009