I have had a wonderful career as a public school teacher in Missouri. During my 20 years of living here in Independence, I have been active in supporting many civic issues, such as the park and street program and the second-hand smoke initiative.

To the editor:

I have had a wonderful career as a public school teacher in Missouri. During my 20 years of living here in Independence, I have been active in supporting many civic issues, such as the park and street program and the second-hand smoke initiative.

It is very important to notice that not any of the public school districts that serve Independence children have publicly endorsed the proposed property tax increase on the April 3 ballot. In Missouri, school districts are not allowed to seek sales taxes. By state law, they are to seek public funding support from only a property tax.

While I do not speak for any of the districts that serve Independence children, it is not hard to imagine the day when our schools may need to ask voters for additional funding. The state continues to underfund public schools, and the federal dollars to support local education are hard to come by and often have a huge number of strings attached.

As you consider how to cast your vote on April 3, please consider whether this issue should be a sales tax effort (as the city considered in August 2009) or the proposed property tax. Let’s protect the funding stability of our quality schools and ask the city to consider a sales tax option. With all the stores in Independence, I understand that 40 percent of the sales tax collected is paid by non-residents, making the burden easier on our citizens.