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This letter is in response to the residency policy of the Buffalo Public School System. I grew up in a house where both of my parents worked for the school department. We lived, and still do, in the city. It was always expressed to me that if you work for the city, you live in the city. This not only applies to the teachers, but firemen, police, sanitation, etc. The people who live outside of the city spend the majority of their paycheck there, while giving little back.

People should have a right to live where they choose, but something needs to be returned. The school system should impose a residency tax on employees who do not live in the city. This would need to included everyone, no matter how long they have been in the system. Of course, this will not sit well with a lot of people, but fair is fair. If you don't live in the city, you will be taxed. It's a better solution then having the city go bankrupt.



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