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How are You Leaning on School Budget Vote? [Poll]

Yes, no, undecided? What do you want to know before you vote?

In three weeks, voters will decide the fate of a $137 million budget for the coming school year.

The proposed spending plan is a modest 2.3 percent increase over last school year's budget. It maintains all existing programs and staff and even adds Chinese foreign language studies to the High School. The tax levy increase is just under 2.5 percent. That's well under the state’s so-called budget cap.

In Plainview’s case, the school board could have increased the tax levy -- the amount to be raised by local taxes -- by 3.2 percent, and remained under the cap.

In simple terms, being under the tax cap means that if Plainview voters pass the budget on May 15, it goes into effect. If the district had exceeded the cap, the budget would have to pass by a super majority of voters in order to take effect. In simple terms, it could have been a mess.

Have you made up your mind?  Yes or no?

Are you undecided: Do you want to know more; what specific questions would you ask?

If you want to examine the proposed budget, click this link in blue.

Take our poll and sound offer your questions in the comments here.

G April 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
As for the $4,000,000 over the life of the lease. That is great but the lease is almost over. My point is why are we building a parking lot now instead of spending this money on the children of POB. If they want to renew a long term lease and the parking lot is contingent on that, then I would probably agree that it would be in our best interests to keep them there as tenants. However, this is NOT the case as we sit here today. From what I understand, the ACDS is not even the ones who requested the parking lot. According to Mr Dempsey this was put on the budget because a homeowner or two in the area requested it so there would not be any cars parked in front of their home. That $80,000 may not be a major sacrifice on our part but it is not necessary. That is my point. It could be much better spent for our own kids rather than the courting of a tenant who apparently did not even ask for it to be built. That money could be spent better to upgrade athletic fields, fix the leaking roof in the wrestling room at Mattlin, hire an additional part time teacher, put air conditioners in about a hundred classrooms district wide or many other possibilities.
Tami April 28, 2012 at 02:42 AM
We should not support the school for extending there lease. They need to move to a bigger facility so that every aspect of there needs are met. They have taken over our street. Between buses, day care program, after school programs, weekend programs and now the congestion of sports this is not a residential street it's central station. We need to stop the building of this lot and then stop a new lease .
Jas April 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Tom, I never realized street parking was consiidered to be our personal parking. As you said, "And truthfully having a parking lot across the street from your house during school hours would be much better than having people park in front of your house so I really don't see a problem with this from that point of view."
Tom April 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
And what do you think the street was like when that was an elementary school? Are you suggesting we abandon the building and give up $400,000 so that you can have peace and quiet?
Simba April 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Why are we fighting over 80000 when we should be asking for complete transparency and independent audit over the entire budget proposal. This is a sure fire way to distract and conquer. We sit here worrying about the little things and they will get exactly what they want in the end. Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with you that when you visit the schools, does anything look as if they have put any money into the structure of the schools. I bet they look exactly as they did when they were built. Nope instead they want to spend money in ways that allow for some to slip through here an there. Demand an independent audit, hell demand a Federal audit. What do they have to worry about if they aren't doing anything wrong.

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