She wrote back, indignantly:
Senator Johnson,Note that property taxes on her 2,500 square foot home are now $14,000 annually.
Even during the Depression, the poorest schools supplied the items you mention in your appeal. Today, with school tax portion of property taxes at astronomical levels, why is there no budget room for a few pencils, paper, etc.????
Your solution >>>Another Bailout/Welfare proposal.....
Let them sell their text messaging/cell phone/cd/electronic game players and buy a few pencils themselves.
Why don't you think of a program that empowers the young by teaching self-reliance?
And $9,000 of that is explicitly delineated as a *school tax*.
I believe this town spends a whopping $24,000 annually on each student!