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The Week Ahead: School Budget Sessions Begin

A look at events happening in West Islip this week.

Rescheduled due to the blizzard, the Manetuck PTA Variety Show will take place on Monday at 7 p.m.

Toddlers and their parents can enjoy storytime at the library on Tuesday. Storytime for tots ages 24 months to 41 months will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition is holding a LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk Kick-Off Meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the West Islip Public Library. Dr. Gewirtz will be the guest speaker.

The West Islip School District kicks off budget season with the first of a series of worksessions on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Beach Street cafeteria.

The West Islip Public Library is also showing a free movie Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served.

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Glenn Denzler February 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
re school budget...Remember how we were "capped" at 2%...Still saw an increase of 6.9% of my total tax in West Islip. School taxes represent 63% of bill...Add police tax and we pay 75%. The tax base can't sustain these salaries/benefits/pensions, paying $20,000+ /yr to educate a child. Now the state has to fight the union lawsuit to repeal the cap.... The horse was let out of the barn with the Triborough amendment passage….. Our young are fleeing the Island, taxes. Higher taxes will lead to continued devalued property, housing price decline, less of a base to draw tax from ….further increase in property taxes can be expected. What will be left on the Island is the poor, the very rich on each immediate shore & east end, in between teachers and police as they will be the only ones who will be able to afford to live here. Once my wife and I retire we will have no choice but to leave. Unlike the public sector who have post retirement almost total health coverage, incredible pensions nearing 90% of earned yearly income once you roll over sick days/vacation days that were not used (some actually make more retired then working), people in the private sector will have maybe a small pension, and 401Ks to rely on, maybe some Social Security, never mind costs for out of pocket health… and further taxation to pay those benefits/pensions. Living on the Island with these taxes is near impossible...of course, the union sues the State...."for the kids" I suppose.
gherz February 25, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Excellent summary. My kids will never be able to live here. Now we need everyone to go out and vote down the budget, i am sure they will threaten cutting after school activities, sports, buses, yeah everything except cutting thier salaries or health benefits. VOTE NO PEOPLE
Eric February 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
You could have chosen a public sector career for yourself. 10 years ago people in the private sector could care less about people in the public sector. In fact people in the private sector looked down on public sector workers viewing them as lower middle class and uneducated. Parents would tell their kids go to college so you can make a lot of money and have a nice life. Now these kids are coming out of college 80,000 dollars in debt and they can't get a job. The politicians In Washington put us in this position. Not public sector workers.
Wendy Regan February 25, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Can you imagine the sheer coincidence if full-day kindergarten is on the chopping block? LOL
frustrated February 25, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Yes, Washington did cause most of the problems, but the unions cause alot of it also. The job in and of itself after 20+ years is great but then add on 85% insurance coverage for every teacher that retires. There is no way that NYS school system can afford this. It should have never happened. The state is going to run out of money eventually if they don't put a stop to this incredibly ignorant situation. Who do you think pays for this...there isn't enough money to go around. It isn't the teachers fault, but it will fail if something is not done.

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