On the first vote, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District budget has been defeated three years in a row, including this year on May 17. The school budget "revote" for the 2005-2006 NHP-GCP School District budget will be on Tuesday, June 14. The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park community is being asked to vote on a NHP-GCP School District budget for the sixth time in three years.
Under state law, the school board and administration can adopt one of three budget options when a school budget is defeated the first time. They can put the same exact budget up for a "revote." They can reduce the budget and put it up for a "revote." Or, they can go to a "contingency budget" which is not subject to a "revote." If the board adopted a "contingency budget," the amount cut would be $427,000 or 1.62 percent of the just defeated budget of $26,255,657.
After the first school budget defeat on May 20, 2003, the school board and administration cut $122,865 from a $21,929,106 proposed budget. On the revote, the new proposal passed. After the second school budget defeat on May 18, 2004, the school board and administration cut $191,128 from a $23,949,752 proposed budget. On the revote, the new proposal passed. After $313,993 in cuts in the increase in two consecutive budgets, we still managed to significantly increase our reading test scores.
After this year's school budget defeat on May 17, the school board and administration has cut $7,700 from a $26,255,657 proposed budget. On Thursday, May 26, at a public listening session, on the recommendation of our retiring Superintendent Joe Rudaitis, the school board adopted a $26,247,946 school budget for 2005-2006.
The newly adopted 2005-2006 budget calls for an 8.61 percent tax increase of $1,686,291. The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park community is being asked, once again, to come out to vote for a school budget on Tuesday, June 14. If this budget passes, the total compounded five-year increase in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District property tax levy will be just over 52 percent.
Edward W. Powers