- Jun 22, 2001
While I agree in general, I will only pay more up to a certain degree. For example, I pay a few more % in taxes in my current state vs the few surrounding ones but only because housing is 1/3 more affordable (own vs rent = no brainer) and in certain areas (like mine), better school systems than even the expensive-ass housing areas. If the state was 8-10% more in taxes, I'd have to seriously crunch the numbers to see if it was worth it. 1-5% more doesn't bother me.More than that, Libs are willing to extend that to the national level to maintain education & services in less prosperous regions. It's not just about my school district & my hospital but about all of us together.
One way more rural areas have accomplished better public school systems is simply via student to teacher ratio. In more expensive, more populated areas it's usually in the 20:1 to 30:1 (in my region) which is a good indicator that you need to bounce to a lesser populated area if you want better school quality. I think my elementary school is in the 15-17:1 and it's getting much higher ratings. This obviously isn't always going to apply but it's a metric that I've noticed applies to my area. I also look at Free student lunches %, if it's around 20% that usually won't impact the school's rating but 25% and over is when the rating may take a hit in my area.