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Question of the Day: 'Yes' or 'No' to School Budget?

With voting day tomorrow, Patch wants to know where you stand on your local school budget?

In less than 24 hours, will be open in the middle schools in Malverne and West Hempstead for residents to cast their votes on the proposed budget for their district. ( for a quick overview of each one.)

Crafting the 2011-2012 budgets for both school districts has been a challenging process in light of the struggling economy, which has created a crunch for taxpayers and deprieved administrators of federal and state aid.

While a number of local residents have voiced their opinions on Patch through our and we want to hear from the masses.

Our Question of the Day is simply - Will you vote "yes" or "no" to your school district's proposed budget tomorrow?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jeanne D'Esposito May 16, 2011 at 02:12 PM
I will absolurely vote yes on the Malverne budget. Both the community and the school district will suffer if the budget fails and we have to operate under a contingency budget. The increase also seems pretty reasonable.
JPS May 16, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Absolutely n0t. I will voting no. I just saw a house listed for 659K in Seaford. The taxes on the home are over 17k a year. No matter what, there is no reason why these people should have to pay that much in property taxes. The house isn't even waterfront! This issue needs to be addressed by someone outside of the schools. Don't people understand this is also hurting their property values? I liked the house and would even have consider taking a look at it but not for 17K a year in taxes. These extremely high taxes are reducing demand.
Natalie May 16, 2011 at 02:43 PM
I'll be voting no. Its true, almost EVERYONE is dealing with higher expenses and no increase in wages. My husband just got cut to working 4 days a week. My mother, who is a principal of a day care in Brooklyn, has had the bookkeeper duties added to her job description along with now being required to work in the classroom a few hours a day. My business isn't fairing too well. I think if WE have to just deal with the economy and make certain sacrifices ( cutting down to basic cable, canceling cell phones, asking the landscaper to come biweekly, no more eating out, etc) so can the teachers.
Kathy May 17, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Sadly, voting NO in West Hempstead will actually mean a HIGHER TAX LEVY, than voting YES. It also will leave the district with less control over where the money gets spent. A contingency budget does not mean less taxes, but will most definitely mean less services! Make your voices heard in Albany by sending in letters and emails to your elected representatives. I vote YES to a lower tax levy, YES to local control over how the money gets spent, and YES to supporting an invaluable community resource (that would include both the educating of our future leaders, as well as the maintenance of our library programs and services.)
Bob Rabey May 17, 2011 at 08:02 AM
I can appreciate everything that has gone into the budget up to vote. That is not the issue, but rather the system that is currently in place. Weather you are for or against the budget will not solve the real problem that has caused our taxes to sore. Having 750 some odd school districts across the state is. Nassau county alone has 57 of these school districts, all with superintendents, assistant superintendents, administrators, assistant administrators, etc. The list goes on and on. Each and EVERY year, we see yet another increase in our school taxes supported with the same old arguement of "bettering" our children's education. NEVER do you hear of reducing all this administration. Think of it this way, if you owned a company, how many managers would you have vs. staff? The system in place can no longer be supported, and MUST be changed.

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