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In comparing the real estate taxes faced by various politicians, Ben Joravsky [November 19] barely mentions the absolute amount of anyone's tax. He's concerned only with the increases or decreases from the previous year, which he somehow assumes must have been perfect.

He's right that the real estate tax system is unnecessarily complex, creating winners and losers, but at least anyone with a modem can see the results. Taxpayers can even choose to appeal their assessments, through a fairly simple process which yields reductions for many.

Joravsky approvingly quotes one Merlin Tripp, who would like to replace the real estate tax with something "like a graduated state income tax." That might happen. Then we'll never be able to find out who the winners and losers are.

Chuck Metalitz

Executive director

Henry George School

Chicago

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