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Pennsylvania man protests school tax with $1 bills

Sept. 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

FORKS TOWNSHIP, Pa., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man who homeschools his children said he paid his $7,143 school tax in $1 bills to protest funding public education.

Rob Fernandes videotaped himself delivering the 7,143 $1 bills, along with 54 cents change, to the Forks Township municipal building and explaining his reasoning to tax collector Anne Bennett-Morse, Philly.com reported Friday.

"I'm not doing this to make anybody's life more difficult," Fernandes can be seen telling Bennett-Morse in the video.

Fernandes said he sees the money taken for school taxes as "stolen."

"We homeschool our kids, so we don't even use the public school system, yet I'm being forced to pay all this money into a public school system that I don't use, don't want, don't need. And I don't think that's really either fair, just or even ethical," he said.

"It would be the equivalent if McDonald's were to force vegetarians to pay for their cheeseburgers," he said.

"I'm a big proponent of education," he said, adding that "education can be provided more efficiently in a free market."

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