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Niskayuna school budget should pass despite slightly exceeding tax cap

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I am very disappointed at the recent spate of letters to the editor that have criticized the Niskayuna school board for presenting a budget for consideration on Tuesday that would slightly exceed its tax cap. Here’s why. Gov. Cuomo believes that his imposition of a supermajority requirement for school district budget referenda is the best thing he has done to date. I consider it to be his worst and, in agreement with New York State ...


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patricca
May 19, 2013
8:45 a.m.

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If you want to pay more for those Niskayuna schools, Edwin, feel free to make a donation to the new foundation that's been set up by the School Board. Perhaps a "no" vote would force the Niskayuna School Board and other fiefdoms in NY to finally consolidate. Excellence in education is important. But, it can and should be achieved in a much more efficient way than what is being proposed by Nisky and other towns across your state. Good luck!

ronzo
May 19, 2013
3:37 p.m.

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This viewpoint and the attitude represented toward secondary education exactly demonstrates why there are 700+ school districts within 57 New York counties, costing the taxpayers tremendous amounts to cover the waste of duplication, replication and other inefficiencies, at the expense of providing quality education. The attitude represented by this opinion is the reason why New Yorkers will be school taxed to the point where educational quality will seriously suffer, accelerating NY further down the spiral of who can afford or wants to live here? Maybe he’s got the financial means to pay for this educational waste, but how many of him are there?

justapto
May 19, 2013
5:29 p.m.

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Try to sell a house in Niskayuna when the buyer finds out the tax rate. Who can afford a $ Thousand Dollar$$ a month in taxes? Greed, nepotism and self centered importance are destroying our state.
Go get a real job that pays you according to your contribution; not what you can extract from the tax payers.

ronzo
May 19, 2013
9:34 p.m.

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justapto: The thing is most people are OK with the school tax rate and willingly pay it, because if they were not OK with it, they'd do something about it. Just observe the results of the school budget votes this Tuesday. You, me and the few others of us can rant all we want about this subject, but we are a sadly represented minority. So keep your wallet open because they're coming after more of your cash (if you have much left to give them).

mstella
May 20, 2013
7:28 a.m.

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The Niskayuna School District needs to learn to live within its means, just like all the rest of us. If State and Federal Aid are down they should cut expenses, not pick the pockets of already overtaxed residents.

And its not even a good school system. It's a mediocre one that's saved by having a smarter than average base of residents.

ronzo
May 20, 2013
11:22 a.m.

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mstella: This Niskayuna High School is not even ranked by credible school ranking organizations. It does not place within even the top 176 high schools in New York State. Most of the top high schools are in New York City. But, the writer states that 95% of their students attend college. That's a pretty meager number compared to the school taxes paid.

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