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Old 05-07-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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Default A Defeated School Budget Now Means Zero (0) Tax Increase!

Apparently now if a School Budget is defeated the District can bring it for only one more re-vote. If the re-vote is defeated then the previous years budget goes into effect meaning a zero (0) increase in school taxes!

Vecchio: Voters' 'no' could mean something
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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Apparently now if a School Budget is defeated the District can bring it for only one more re-vote. If the re-vote is defeated then the previous years budget goes into effect meaning a zero (0) increase in school taxes!

Vecchio: Voters' 'no' could mean something
oh no! what about the children ???
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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So with a zero increase in taxes, you could easily see some big cuts, as many things go up in costs (heating costs, teacher salaries, etc) plus a district might receive less from the state than the previous year.

Since those have to be paid for, cuts in other areas have to be made.

Those reserves that the author of the op-ed talks about being tapped in to, are already being tapped in to in many cases. Additionally, you don't want to drain those reserves in case there are unplanned expenses (roof of a school building starts leaking, higher than expected heating costs, etc)



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Apparently now if a School Budget is defeated the District can bring it for only one more re-vote. If the re-vote is defeated then the previous years budget goes into effect meaning a zero (0) increase in school taxes!

Vecchio: Voters' 'no' could mean something
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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I have no problem voting yes in a good district. But I want transparancy. If they say we want to increase your taxes say 2% but we have no idea where the money will go, then I have a problem with that. I don't mind districts keeping money in reserve but if the additional taxes are going to be used strictly for teacher and administration raises, then I want more accountability. I value the district I am in. It keeps the home values in my town up so I don't want people just voting down a budget year after year. In turn I don't want to give them a blank check so they can negotiate sweetheart contracts knowing we will just hand them a raise. It is no wonder the unions are behind "yes" votes.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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I have no problem cutting off the schools in my or any other district on LI. The schools are bloated over-funded and hurting property values, not adding to them.

I just got the high school budget in my area and it is almost 20k per student for an average school and average outcome. This is pure insanity. Not to mention that this is a fee you are paying every year you own the home weather or not you have children.

My school tax is almost 8K now. Over ten years I will be putting almost 100K into the schools as this number is sure to increase.

Lie #1: schools bring up property values. Well not really.

School taxes have become such a burden that it has cut into purchasing power. If you are paying 10K for schools that is 100K you can't put into the purchase price of the home. That could be money towards the purchase price, that you are loosing.

Lie #2: High taxes keeps the riff raff out of the area. This is blatant bigotry in my opinion and I want no part of it.

People should have to take a class in civics, economics, and government before they are allowed to vote on the school budget, IMHO.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Long Island, ny
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I completely agree with Lou.
I'm sick of people believing that your property value will stay high if you keep the school district "strong" by voting yes. I'm in the process of selling and will have to continue to lower my asking price because the buyers feel 12,000 in taxes is too high. It is too high!!!
But the sheep will head in and vote yes....Baaaaaaaaaaa!
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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In most districts, kiss any extra curricular activities goodbye if the budget is cut. The teachers and administration contracts are already negotiated whether the budget passes or fails. Next people will be complaining that there are no after school activities for their kids.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Glen Head, NY
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if you have kids and vote no, shame on you. if you live on long island and don't have kids, move
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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In most districts, kiss any extra curricular activities goodbye if the budget is cut. The teachers and administration contracts are already negotiated whether the budget passes or fails. Next people will be complaining that there are no after school activities for their kids.
true , but in many cases there will be an increased numbers of teachers being laid off if the budgets do not pass.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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You all have "drank too much of the water". Please stop with the poor children routine. The gov't supports the school district. When we volunteer to give them more of our money, they save the funds. Our own gov't officials have advised us to vote no. But the "sheep" will vote yes anyway.
Shame on Long Islanders for being so gulliable.
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