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Weigh in on School Budget Election

The public will vote on the spending plan Tuesday. How are you leaning?

After months of discussions and debate, the Massapequa School District's 2012-2013 budget goes before voters on Tuesday.

The $183 million includes a 2.2 percent tax cap over last year, a figure which was under the state tax cap. The district also eliminated 29 teaching positions in addition to administrative and  other staff positions.

There has been much talk about the layoffs, the tax cap and costs in the district and we want to get a sense of what your thoughts are.

Let us know if you favor the budget, by taking our unscientific poll, but more importantly, weigh in with your comments.

tony May 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Why put down Teachers? Residents of Massapequa Park have decent earnings. Since the average is higher then the median $ 116,000 it means more people are earnig income much higher then $ 125,000. I can have but you can't opinions of the comments made on Patch are shameful. Massapequa Park INCOME OVERVIEW Income details Average Household Income 125,979 Average Household Size (people) 2.93 Average HH Net Worth 1,102,047 Per capita income 43,261 Median Disposable Income 80,983
tony May 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The median income for a household in the CDP was $107,181, and the median income for a family was $116,266.[4] Males had a median income of $77,859 versus $57,016 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $42,169. 2.9% of the population and 1.6% of families were below the poverty line. I used the term MEDIAN, which means 50% of families earn more than $116,000 Surely they can't all be teachers and administrators.
tony May 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Dianne,regarding your reporting the MSD improprities to the State Controller, what was the outcome? Why didn't you insist on answers to your questions? if not why didn't your proceed with a FOIL request.?
Ken May 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
From my standpoint, the administrators make too much- plain and simple. Shame on them. My children have graduated from Massapequa schools. All I want is to see my taxes stay the same. You all can fight till the cows come home, but keep your hands away from my wallet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Lou Puglia October 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Granted that inflation needs to be accounted for - but also the ability of the taxpayers to pay needs to be addressed. Lets take salaries out of the budget - then increase that budget to account for inflation. Make the school budget a two part budget. One vote for the non-salaried budget and one for the salaried budget.

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