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12/17/2013 10:18:00 AM
Editorial: It's time to decide exactly where your tax dollars get spent

Christmas is right around the corner and most people are likely consumed with shopping for presents and making plans for where to be and who to be with during the holidays.

But time is running out on an important opportunity to help out our local schools that should not be overlooked.

Through Dec. 31 individuals can make a donation to any school for as much as $200 and then receive a credit on their state income tax. Married couples filing jointly can donate as much as $400.

How does it work? If you will owe income tax to the state, you can choose to give some of that money directly to a school program.

Who knows where your state income tax money goes when you give it to the state? It's pretty hard to determine. And state lawmakers continue to decrease the amount of money allocated for schools.

The great thing about the school tax credit is you decide where the money should go. When you donate, you can specify that the money go to the band program. Or extracurricular activities like sports.

Tax donations help students go on field trips and help pay for art supplies.

The tax credit is one of the only ways to control how your tax dollars are used.

Donation forms are available at most school offices.

We encourage you to keep your tax dollars working at the local level.

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