USC residents get a lot for their tax dollars

Published Apr 16, 2014 at 6:55 am (Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 11:03 am)

In his long-winded diatribe of April 9 (USC taxes too high), Oren Spiegler is mystified as to why USC’s township tax is higher than that of Pine Township.

It is really no mystery at all. Upper St. Clair has more residents than Pine. More residents requiring more services necessitate higher taxes.

Mr. Spiegler notes that taxes are lower in two Butler County communities. Taxes in that county have always been lower than those in Allegheny County, but as the populations of the communities he cited expand, so will their tax bases. In the words of the old song, “It’s just a matter of time.”

As he continued his rant, Spiegler seemed to be saying that no one on the USC school board listens to his complaints. If he presents himself in a lathering rage, why should they?

Feeling as strongly as he does about township taxes and school taxes in Upper St. Clair, why doesn’t he run for public office, putting together a slate of like-minded candidates who could take their case to their fellow voters?

As an oustider, it seems to me that Upper St. Clair residents have received much in return for their township taxes and school taxes. Those who don’t think so are in dire need for an abrupt wake-up call.

Ross A. Matlack Jr.

Mt. Lebanon

USC residents get a lot for their tax dollars

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