I have lived in Port Washington for the past 11 years and my childhood roots are from Manhasset. We live in a most beautiful area with many amenities. Currently, we are all challenged with various economic issues pertaining to the well-being of all the people in our community- one issue being unprecedented property and school tax increases that are burdening the people of our area.

School taxes continue to rise without some kind of cap! Why is that? I am wondering what the people of Port Washington are thinking? Why is the school tax increasing so drastically each year? Has the Port Washington school district been given "carte blanche" to increase school taxes to any amount they deem necessary? It would be incorrect to believe that the school budget is running so efficiently. What about the increase in salaries? Is this necessary in a near depression? I am certain there is waste in the school budget. Identifying the waste and putting a stop to uncapped increases would help everyone - especially those struggling to stay in their homes! The education provided for each child should not suffer if the school budget is challenged - there must be a way to educate children while not burdening the taxpayers. Consistent increases indicate some level of greed and unnecessary spending. Why can't the school district freeze its spending right now as the Port Washington Library is doing? I would like to see a zero percent increase or better yet a reduction in school taxes. This is possible if the people who make these decisions are open-minded and have the best interest of the community at heart.

We must come together and find resolutions that serve all members of our community. If we unite, we will find answers. If we do not, many people will fall and that does not reflect a community who cares about its people.

Pauline Esposito, PhD

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