Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00During the last decade, Massapequa homeowners have had their real estate taxes increase significantly. Some residents pay nearly three times as much now as they did ten years ago. This dramatic rise, coupled with a weak economic environment, has made it difficult for them to enjoy the lifestyle for which they are accustomed and deserve as hard-working citizens.
The increase in taxes has caused homeowners to reduce their discretionary spending and tighten household budgets. Yet the Massapequa School District, to which the majority of the tax revenues are directed, shows little inclination to lower its disbursements. Seemingly unconcerned about the hardships of those it was elected to serve, the school district’s board of trustees has in fact raised its budget every year for the past ten years. Additionally, there have been years when the district over-budgeted, effectively calling for more money that it needed to operate, resulting in a current reserve balance of almost $20,000,000.
Alarmed by the district’s lack of fiscal discipline, a group of residents decided to band together to form an organization, the Massapequa Committee for Educational & Fiscal Responsibility (MCEFR). The objective of this group is to work together with the teachers, administrators and PTAs to develop a longterm plan to promote an effective system of education for our children while being conscious of the deleterious effects unrestrained spending can have on the overall community.
We invite people to visit the website www.mcefr.org to learn more about the important work of our committee.
The Massapequa Committee for Educational & Fiscal Responsibility (MCEFR) endorses the candidacies of Joseph Marsh and Dianne Sheffield as board of education trustees, and encourages all those who share our concerns to vote for them in the election to be held on Tuesday, May 15.
Joe Garbarino, Chairman, MCEFR