After a testy session this past Tuesday which featured a series of outbursts and accusations, the Washington County Commissioners backed down from a proposal to hike the piggyback income tax from 50 to 54 percent.
That's good news for taxpayers who will still face a 10-cent property-tax hike, but the commissioners' decision not to hike income taxes or enact a real-estate transfer tax will mean cuts in school programs that are vital to improving education locally.
The Outdoor School may be a sentimental favorite, but the real damage will come from cutting an elementary school improvement grant program that would have provided extra help to students who need work on reading and math skills.
Expecting those students to improve without help is like expecting a leaky roof to seal itself. It may happen, but it's more likely that without remedial action, neither the student or the roof will perform up to standards.