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Weigh in on Massapequa Schools and the Tax Cap

The school district says it's facing cuts because of the new sate tax cap. Are you in favor of submitting a budget that exceeds the cap?

officials say the district could face about $4 to $4.5 million in cuts because of the new state real estate cap.

The district is facing higher transportation and pension costs among other things, and while they qualify for an exemption that allows a tax levy slightly above the two percent cap, it won't be enough to prevent the cuts.

One solution would be to submit a budget that exceeds the cap. This can go through if it is approved by 60 percent of the district's voters. 

School officials point out that past budgets have not been approved by the 60 percent margin and the school board has not discussed submitting a budget that exceeds the cap.

But we'd still like to know what you think of the idea. Take our poll and also let us know your ideas about handling possible cuts.

LongIslandNYUSA January 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Let them FIND some areas to cut. There is no other choice!
Ed January 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
When will these politicians realize that the taxpayers are fed up with the constantly rising tax bills. The time has come to start trimming the waste out of government services. We can no longer afford the government employees benefits .
Franken Harpo January 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Looks like BOCES is moving out of the former Carman Road Elementary School. Want to stop all the whining about the school taxes? Have MSD sell the Carman Roads property to a developer. See how all those folks that complain about the school budget feel about that. Have your cake and eat it! Bon Appétit!
Ken January 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
"Looks Like, Sounds Like" What exactly are you trying to say? Where did you get the notion BOCES is moving!!! The cake? Explain.
al January 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM
We could do a lot to save money (lower school taxes) if we get rid of a lot of the administrators. What does a school superintendent do to merit his/her pay. Do we really need so many superintendents in Nassau and Suffolk counties? How can they justify their salary when you compare it with that of the NYC board of education head or the NYC police commissioner

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