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Uncle Irvin: On paying school taxes at age 81

08/15/2017 01:21PM ● Published by Richard Gaw

I just sent in my 2017-18 school tax payment to the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, and I am wondering if I am a hero or a schmuck.
My wife and I love our home and have decided to stay in it as long as we can, but it is not easy to part with big money every year for nothing. I am sure I am thinking out loud for every senior who is going through the same ritual, especially when you think like Uncle Irvin that we're not getting our money's worth – even if the U-CF District is considered excellent.
The U-CF School Board members, our neighbors that we elect, say yes to every money-spending idea that Superintendent John Sanville comes up with. He's the same bloke that put himself up for auction recently to squeeze a higher raise out of the nine pliable school directors.
I recently spoke with several local realtors about homes in the U-CF School District. They all said that there is virtually no inventory. Everything under $450,000 sells immediately; homes over $450,000 take much longer. That means to me that buyers with school-age kids want U-CF. Many families without kids want to sell.
East Marlborough is studying the addition of 50 new homes in the $450,000 range, which would completely jam up Route 82 from the bypass to the high school.
If you want high taxes and an increased population, U-CF is the place to go.

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)

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