Baby Boomers May Shift Suburban Debate on Taxes, Social Services
Baby Boomers rule the 'burbs. The
generation born between 1946 and 1964 grew up in suburban homes,
raised their families in suburban neighborhoods, and soon, plans
to retire in the same communities in large numbers. By 2035, the
number of people aged 65 and over is projected to explode from 48
million to 77 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
These shifting suburban demographics
portend a major upheaval around government services and taxes, according
to an article published by the Pew Charitable Trust. Boomers who
were happy to pay school taxes when their own kids were enrolled
are now fighting for enhanced senior services, exemption from school
taxes, and more accessible transit systems.
This is happening at the same time
millennials, now the largest group of homebuyers, are looking to
start families and buy their first homes in the suburbs.
Clashes between older populations
and younger transplants in suburbs will only become more and more
frequent as boomers age and advocate for the city services and suburban
infrastructure that will best meet their needs.
"Their kids are graduated. Their
interests are not taking care of the next generation of kids,"
explained Housing in America author John McIlwain to Pew Charitable
Trusts. "The people who show up at local government meetings
are going to be the boomers. The pressure will come from the boomers
and, as one mayor told me, they push for what they want."
By Barbara Eldredge Jun 27, 2016