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Sat, Feb. 22

Letter: Education deserves Prop. 204 benefit


I am writing in response to an article from Tuesday, Oct. 16, "What is on the Ballot?" I believe information in this article provides one with half of the information when you refer to Proposition 204. Yes, the sales tax rate for Arizona would continue at 6.6 percent but still lower than other states, such as California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Minnesota and Nevada; however, we need to put that into context with all of the taxes that we pay to the state.

Arizona is one of the lowest for property taxes and combined with state income taxes, I challenge you to see where Arizona falls when you combine all of the state taxes we pay, when compared to all of the states. I think you will find we are in the lowest portion of total taxes paid.

Did we mention in that article that Arizona is 49th in education; that our teachers are significantly under paid in Prescott; that the common core curriculum adopted by the state is not appropriately being funded; that our math textbooks are 11 years old; and that Arizona is the leader in educational cuts for the nation?

Before someone decides whether or not to vote for Prop. 204, I would like them to be educated and have complete and accurate information. Isn't education worth it?

Cheryl Fernandez


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