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Last Chance: Comsewogue Budget Meeting

Discuss the proposed school budget with the board of education.

It's budget season. School districts all around Long Island are looking at their spreadsheets to see what can be done to balance education priorities with fiscal realities.

This year is tougher than most because of the New Your State mandated tax cap, limiting any increase in the tax levy to 2 percent. Schools can pierce the cap if 60 percent of the school district votes to pass a budget with a higher tax levy.

That's what Comsewogue is proposing to do. The to the public would cost the school $78,819,507 for the 2012-2013 school year and include a 4.5 percent tax levy increase.

In our informal poll, 75 percent of the people said they'd support a budget with the tax levy of 4.5 percent.

The and hear comments from the community on Thursday, March 29 at the in the board room at 7:30 p.m.

Ron Masone March 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It is important for people to realize that if the budget does not pass it does not go to a 2% increase, it is a 0% increase and would mean massive teacher layoffs. Also with governor Cuomo's new restrictions in place there are no more budget re votes on budgets. 1 vote and done.
jackie March 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Honestly , It is so sad for school district and children and teachers that will suffer from the cuts. But last year with my tax increase ust my school portion of taxes went up 750.00. I can't afford another increase with the economy the way it is. My husbands business has suffered severly. Making my monthly bills have been almost impossible at taxes now 14,150.00 per year.
Chuck March 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM
There really is a simple, and I believe equatable solution, regarding the dilema resulting from the 2% Tax Increase Cap, and the 60% affirmative Budget Vote required to exceed that 2% Tax Increase. I am sure that there are many who will vote "YES" on this budget for various reasons (they have kids in school, committed Liberals who see all spending as good, wealthy residents, employees of the District, and some who just don't care or don't have a clue about the impact on their taxes). Great! But you also have the other 39+% who are barely making it now with outragiously these high taxes (including Seniors, those unemployed in a difficult economy, single parents). So the solution is this: All those voting "YES" be required to submit a statement when they vote that they, and and those who vote affirmatively with them will pay the ENTIRE tax increase. That's right, 60% or whatever the ultimate total percentage above 60% might be, will pay 100% percent of the Tax Increase. Those who vote "NO" would submit a statement showing their unwiilingness to accept any Tax Increase. Simply if you want it...YOU get to pay for it! I'm sure with all the PHD's employed in the District they could figure out a way to make said vote work and still maintain the sanctity of a secret ballot. Hey, I drive a Ford and my neighbor just trade in a Lexus to get a BMW. I don't resent that at all, but don't ask me to pay for their choice.
Drew March 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Voicemail from Dr Rella this evening. Board of Ed survey showed 54% opposed to circumventing the cap, so that plan is now off the table. The budget will have to be within cap limits.
Deborah .G March 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I will be attending that meeting this evening to voice my reasons against any higher taxes for schools and i will be taking off from my second job this evening so that i can attend. you can all hate my comment if you like but im saying what alot of people are thinking ,TEACHERS ARE OVER PAID! i know a couple of teachers and some are making more than cops and firemen who are putting themselves in harms way for us risking lives every day, are you kidding?you want to make more revenue start there! i dont even have kids in this school district and i am paying for other people kids,im sick of it. i agree with chuck you want to vote yes , then you pay for it!

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