My taxes are too high because teachers make too much money. They only work 10 months out of the year but they get a salary as if they worked all year. I only got a 3% raise this year at my job, and they shouldn't get a raise higher than the rate of inflation.
This isn't going to be a long post about economics and cost of living and with statistics and salary charts and on and on. Actually, that will be next week. Even though I have mentioned it before and will write about it again, teacher salaries do take about half of the property taxes in the county so it's worth addressing repeatedly.
Salaries of any job are part of the free market, and set based on what is required to recruit and retain the best employees. Every industry pays different amounts to different people based on the supply and demand of skills, and LCPS is subject to that same free market when it comes to teachers. Our teacher salaries are set based on that free market, not as a moral judgment of how much someone deserves to be paid. When I consider the challenge and importance of the work that teachers do and the impact it has on the future of our world, I think they should be paid much more (same for law enforcement, firefighters, military and other public safety personnel), but no society has ever though it could afford to pay public employees according to the importance and risk associated with their jobs.
I don't know how much of a raise I'll get from my employer this year, I do hope that it outpaces inflation because I want to make more this year than I did last year, and if my raise is tied to the cost of living then it equates to no raise at all. It's the same for teachers and the families that they support, so I do hope that we will be able to give them a raise beyond the rate of inflation. Whether we can or not depends entirely on the decisions of this Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks.