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How Will You Decide to Vote on the School Budget? [Poll]

What's the key factor determining your vote today?

voters 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. The tax levy increase is just under 2.5 percent.

What factors go into your decision to vote yes or no?

Taxes? Programs? The people? Gut feeling?

Let us know in our poll and please comment below.

Joe Dowd (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Patch will be covering the election today and through the night. We will send a breaking news alert first of the budget outcome, with a story to follow. Aiming for 10 am tonight.
richard weiss May 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I hope it does not pass; teachers get paid way to much money and so does the school Admin. We teach our kids that we have to cut back on expenses work with what we got. The school district should really post monthly an expense report let the community see where all of our tax dollars are going, what are we paying for. Not for nothing but when we had Hurricane Irene last year our schools were open for shelters for people to go to. After the storm when some of us had no power for a week, I think the schools should have opened up for people to charge there cell phones, showers, even if they opened the school kitchens have a meal (i would have paid for that) - Nope schools were not open to help the community.
BB May 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I agree that the administrators and superintendents salaries are out if control and the spending is out of control by thses people, but I disagree about the teachers. Plainview teachers are underpaid compared to other districts in Nasssu and Suffolk. Remember, these teachers are directly responsible for the education to our children. Don't blame the teachers for the misguidance of funds. They are the bottom line and the foundation of our kids future. There is where the money should be spent
Simba May 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM
While we can all point fingers at the School Districts and high taxes, voting against the School budget is just a patch trying to fix the problem. And the problem is there isn't any authority above all of the School Districts to supervise them and work with the County Executive for our better good. There isn't a single local representative willing to challenge them including Mangano. And not to only pick on him, when I approached Suozzi on this topic, he told me he didn't have any control as to what the School's did. The only time something is done is if there is a large case of fraud reported to the Federal authorities and they investigate and decide to take action. Otherwise they are completely unregulated. Which means you can bet you will have tax increases every year. We need centralized management to reduce costs and to establish a consistent school curriculum that meets the Students needs, not Administrative needs. And I still cannot understand how Jericho, year after year places in the top 100 NATIONALLY with half the tax base we have here !!!
john May 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
just an fyi - if you have access to Newsday you can search anyone's name in the school district and they show there salary
G May 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You don't need access to Newsday. There is a website called seethroughny.net and see the pay and pensions off all civil servants and teachers in the state. http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/towns/
Tom May 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Half the tax base? It's because Jericho pays higher taxes. They will have a budget of $114,468,464 for a projected student body of 3,000 or $38,000 per student. Our budget is $137,263,959 for 5,000 students or $27,000 per student.
Tom May 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
And our per student cost is $1,000 less than Syosset.
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Very interesting discussion guys: Thanks. I'll covering the vote tonight. I'll send a bulletin when I know the outcome. jd
Simba May 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Tom Based on the MLSLI page if you compare home prices, they pay the same taxes as we do.
Tom May 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Then they must have more higher priced homes than we do. All I can tell you is that they spend $11,000 per student more than we do.

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