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Tax Cap vs. School Cuts

Massapequa school officials say that the state tax cap law will will cause the elimination of teaching jobs, are lower taxes worth it?

Officials in the have been consistently making the same argument throughout budget season.

They blame New York State's new two percent tax cap law, for bringing about the elimination of jobs.

The district the elimination of teacher positions later this week.

Because school districts will be responsible for pension costs and other mandates, they say it will be more difficult to stay under the cap over the next few years, unless there's some kind of mandate relief.

In the meantime there will be cuts.  

But the tax cap was designed to ease the growing costs of living in areas like Long Island. So we want to know what your thoughts are  on the issue.  

Should taxes be lowered, even at the expense of school cuts?

Take our poll below , and weigh in with your comments.

FJDietz March 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
If the savings from combining 30 plus school districts into say 6 districts is significant I would imagine taxpayers would be in favor of doing this. I agree, school teachers should be the last to have to be let go for $ savings since there are so many opportunities in other places that would not have much impact on students.
Diana Hibbard LoCascio March 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
You'll notice that whenever there is a budget crisis, the first thing they do is cut the teachers. I hardly ever hear of actual administration cuts. It is always the teachers that get hit first. People gripe about their salaries, but you could keep 2-3 teachers for each administration job. If each administrator kicked in $10k in salary, many jobs could be saved. I also bet if we looked at how much sports cost the district, we could find some money there. I think we need sports programs but perhaps their budgets are a little fatter than most.
Diana Hibbard LoCascio March 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
It would also save big money if we stuck with a math program and kept textbooks more than a few years. It seems like there is often new ways of doing the same thing and the only difference is the money going to more training and purchasing of materials. Math, reading, etc... do not change that much that we need to keep reinventing the wheel. Update the science and history classes to keep current, but quit spending so much so often on the rest.
Joseph D. Marsh March 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The enrollment in our district is going down - and has been for several years - so reducing the number of teachers is a logical step in the process. This move might result in a one-person increase in class size, in a relatively small number of classes - which is far from "over-sizing the classroom".
Joseph D. Marsh March 15, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Diana, we spend ~$1.2MM on athletics in the district. Given the sheer number of kids and types of sports, I'm highly skeptical of the notion that there's much, if any, "fat" in the sports budget. Remember, that's $1.2MM out of a $180MM budget ...

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