Question: I’m in my early 50s and have only recently become very interested in my retirement. Like Moses, I had to wander for almost 40 years in the wilderness before I found my calling. I have the option of paying about $15,000 into a retirement system and “buying” a few years so I can retire early. My work is intense and I’m on the verge of burnout. I like my profession, but I feel pressed to decide soon. How do I know if paying the $15,000 a good idea?
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would ensure that the elected assessors in the state would accurately appraise property and not play favorites with assessments.