Written by Jill Nossa: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00
As promised at the previous meeting, the Glen Cove Board of Education adopted a budget that remains at the 2 percent tax levy cap increase, with a budget increase of 2.84 percent from last year.
The $74,098,650 budget is estimated to raise the tax rate 26 cents per $1000 on the assessed value of the homes in the district, which would cost homeowners an extra $123 per year.
Before voting on the adoption of this budget, trustees Joel Sunshine and David Huggins expressed their concerns about the information presented by the state government and the future of the public school district if such small tax levy increase continues to be the norm over the next few years.
“I’m in favor of the 2 percent cap,” said Sunshine. “What I’m against is when politicians lie…they have done virtually nothing to solve the problem.”
He added that, for this year, Glen Cove is lucky to not have to cut any educational programs due to a “one shot revenue” of $948,000 that the district received in aid.
“The state is bleeding us dry locally and damaging public education as we know it,” he said.
Huggins said, “I have an issue with the 2 percent. Each 1 percent is about $61,000 that could be put towards programs for the kids…Yes, I will go along with it, but I think it’s a mistake. Three, four, five years down the road, we may become insolvent. We’ll see what happens when there’s no money left.”
Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross thanked the administration for coming up with a budget that stays within the 2 percent cap on the tax levy, said it was “perfect timing” for the aid to come in, and suggested having just one voting location beginning next year to save the district money.
All seven board members voted to adopt the budget.
Sunshine told members of the audience, “Continue your passion with Albany; this 2 percent tax levy cap is not solving the problem, it’s a band aid.”