Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Monday, 01 February 2010 11:00
|‘Take Us to Your Leader’ – Lobbying Albany to Ease Local School Taxes – (Part One)|
At an exploratory meeting recently on this new effort, Board of Education President Dr. Igor Webb indicated that in this economy, many taxpayers will not accept the large tax increases that will become necessary in maintaining schools. Districts, therefore, are in a bind because local tax increases are the only way to support the New York State Education Department “mandates” that creep into local budgets. And, making matters worse, state law even hinders schools from taking certain financial actions that could help deal with these mandated costs as they are handed down.