In view of the dire crisis facing every resident of Nassau County, it is incredible that people are not alarmed at the prospect of paying off an $87 million bond issue. This plan only reflects the actual construction and renovation of facilities. Remember that your taxes will be increased expedientially for the maintenance and support of these facilities in the future. The bond referendum is totally separate from the educational budget to run the schools. As you read in the April 6 issue of this paper, a substantial increase in your taxes has already been proposed. Bearing in mind that reassessment of our property values is imminent, we should revisit the more sensible alternative plan to improve the educational facilities.
The whole notion that spending more money guarantees a higher quality education is not only nonsense, it's a scare tactic by an overzealous, vocal constituency that doesn't represent the majority of the residents of the community. Witness the last budget vote. Questionable tactics were used to get people out to vote after the budget was defeated. The second time, the budget was passed, a total reversal of what the community originally intended when they voted the budget down in the first place!
As an educator in Manhasset Public Schools for 30 years, I have seen firsthand that the school board acts in concert with citizens' advisory groups and the community at large to achieve fiscal responsibility as well as academic excellence. Manhasset students consistently rank in the top percentages in all categories and attend fine colleges.
If anyone believes that passage of a bloated bond referendum, together with exorbitant Nassau County taxes, will guarantee a quality education for our children, they are sadly mistaken. Spending in this town has been out of control for some time and has now reached epic proportions. There is no room for apathy on this issue. On May 16, get yourself out and vote no for the $87 million bond referendum.