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Glen Cove School Board Adopts Budget

District will stick to 2 percent tax levy cap.

The adopted its budget at its special meeting yesterday, approving a $74,098,650 budget with a 2 percent tax levy increase.

The figure represents a 2.84 percent increase, or $2,046,148 more than the current year's budget.

Trustee said that while he supports the tax levy cap in theory, he is against the way it has been represented by politicians. He accused lawmakers in Albany of making themselves look good by instituting the cap while leaving school districts struggling to make ends meet under increasing state mandates.

at previous meetings for using the 2 percent figure publicly while allowing districts to increase the levy substantially more than that under a set of guidelines that has not been explained to the public.

"My concern with voting for a 2 percent increase is that it's furthering the lie that has been told to the public," he said.

While the 2012-2013 budget is being bolstered by a "one-shot revenue" payback from a deal the district struck several years ago, according to the board, Sunshine warned that school programs will suffer in the following years.

"This year you won't hear about deep program cuts, but we will have to next year," he said.

Board vice president said that as an owner of multiple properties in Glen Cove, he shared residents' concern about taxes.

To approving nods from other board members, Sunshine urged taxpayers to voice outrage to their legislators.

"What we're doing here is not a solution, it's a Band-Aid," he said.

The district's budget will go to a public vote on May 15.

Gary B April 18, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Roslyn village budget had a 2% tax CUT. Imagine that..... http://www.antonnews.com/roslynnews/news/22109-roslyn-budget-sees-2-percent-tax-cut.html
Prof. Walter Jameson April 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM
But there IS an option to have no tax increases! You vote NO on the budget. If, after two votes, the budget is defeated they must NOW freeze taxes at the current level.
Stuart Jablonski April 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
"District will stick to 2 percent tax levy cap". Well, the calendar says 2012 but I see 1984 is still alive and well when it comes to "budgetspeak". How much more money can we throw at a failing system? How much will it be next time and the time after that. Someone has to pull their collective heads out of the sand and realize that the economy dictates that they economize. Just like everyone else. I just hope that if this budget fails they won't trot out the students with their handmade signs. If they do, I'll be checking the spelling.
Concerned LI Teacher April 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
How so?
Concerned LI Teacher April 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The GCSD budget, for the last several years, has been out in under the state contingency budget. This was done to save the tax payers money, unfortunately it has also caused the district to be in the financial state it is now. I can assure you that the tax payers in Roslyn were NOT paying a school budget that was UNDER contingency for the past several years, which enabled that district to have a SURPLUS!

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