It's evident by Beth's (Vannatta) recent letter that she's a retired high school art teacher and not a successful private sector business owner, employer or employee.

It's not smoke and mirrors to take the published and easily verifiable number of households in the state of Kansas, divide the estimated school budget increase by that number and come up with the number of tax dollars that will need to be paid per household.

Fact:  1,112,096 households in Kansas according to census figures for 2017-18.
Fact:  Current State budget for public schools is $6.472 billion and the proposed $2.076 billionIncrease will total $8.548 billion
Fact:  That means that the per household share of the school budget will raise from $5,819.65 to $7,687.50 per year.  
Fact:  That's a 25 percent increase of $1,867.35 per year, per household.

What Beth ignores is that it's not the government's money to begin with, and that current and retired public sector employees like her have never added one net tax dollar to the budget.  That is not to say the public sector employees do not earn their wages.  In most cases they do.  That doesn't change that every single public sector dollar paid to and taxed from a public sector employee's wages was first taxed from the private sector taxpayers.

None of the entities she mentioned collecting taxes from ever have a single dollar to pay in taxes that doesn't first come from a private sector from those households she so easily dismissed.  Sales tax, just for one example, isn't paid by the retailer, but is instead collected by the retailer from those who live in households.

It is private sector Kansas households that ultimately pay all taxes paid in Kansas.  

The numbers that private sector tax payers will pay are even higher, but I couldn't find a credible source as to how many households in Kansas are public vs. private sector.

So it's easy to see why she's confused and feels it's "smoke and mirrors" to illustrate who actually will be paying the 25 percent increase in the Kansas public school budgets.

Maybe Beth should add up every state tax she actually pays with her own money and see if she's ever paid her fair share.

In our household, our property, personal property, state income, state sales, state fuel, and various other State of Kansas taxes paid adds up to us paying more than our fair share.


— Kevin Henderson, Halstead.