As has previously been reported, both the Decatur City Commission and City Schools of Decatur have recently passed resolutions in support of legislative action that would expand tax relief for seniors residing in the community.
State Senator Elena Parent has introduced the various pieces of associated legislation in the State Senate.
However, while the City Commission supports permanent relief, CSD has announced that it supports a 5-year “sunset provision” for the legislation.
CSD released this statement and posted it on its website yesterday explaining its position…
The School Board has been and remains committed to providing tax relief for all seniors. The resolution we passed last fall reflects our commitment to seniors. The purpose of the senior exemption is two-fold. The primary purpose is to help seniors retire in place, at home in Decatur. A secondary purpose is to slow growth in our schools. Experience has shown that when seniors move out, families move in.The resolution we passed is broad, and it doesn’t address certain details, which the legislative process is intended to address. In working with our legislators and community members to achieve the goals of the resolution, the School Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the students and the taxpayers to support a 5-year sunset provision.The Board Chair, Vice Chair and Superintendent met with the DeKalb Senate Delegation to present the bill and to ask for their favorable consideration. The Delegation and the Board are in agreement that a sunset should be applied to the legislation and asked the Board to approve a new resolution including the sunset. This resolution will be voted on at the February regular Board of Education meeting on February 9th.The Board of Education supports a 5-year sunset for the following reasons: