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February 19, 2009

LETTERS: Feb. 20, 2009

Silver Street closure far from resolved

Last fall, a Louisville newspaper published an article which led people to believe that New Albany’s Silver Street Elementary School has been “saved” from closure. As a co-president of Silver Street Elementary School’s PTO, an active member of Friends of Silver Street and parent of a student at Silver Street Elementary, I was congratulated by many well-wishing friends for having “won the fight” to keep our school open. I’ve explained that the issue is still alive, and although Dr. Brooks clearly stated the issue of school closure was not abandoned, the reporter created a headline misleading readers into thinking the possibility of school closure was no longer an issue.

During last Thursday’s parent council meeting (a group comprised of representatives from all schools in the corporation), Dr. Brooks announced that the Resources for Results Committee would hold two more monthly meetings and would then make a recommendation to the school board. This means we can expect a recommendation to be delivered in late March/early April.

The present fiscal crises facing our city and school corporation are very serious and challenging. However, the recent decision regarding cutting teaching positions coupled with possible school closures translates into more crowded classrooms and over-taxed teachers/staff throughout the entire school corporation. I ask that citizens attend the upcoming school board meetings, as well as public meetings that we have been promised will be held, to voice concerns to our elected school board before we compromise our children’s educational future.

— Norma Condra, New Albany

Stop fiscal abuse toward retirees

The Indiana State Income Tax code continues to tax the total amount of all federal,, state, and local civil service retirees’ pensions.

Indiana’s taxation of pension benefits includes such groups as teachers, firemen, policemen, etc. Indiana is one of only five remaining states that has not amended State Income Tax codes to eliminate this gross inequity, essentially a form of double taxation. For example, Kentucky allows $41,110 pension exemption on State Income taxes for all civil service retirees. Three bordering states — Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan — have adjusted their tax laws to eliminate or greatly reduce taxation of subject pensions.

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