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Will You Pass Commack's $171 Million School Budget?

Have you decided how you are voting on Tuesday? Share your decision with us.

Commack school district taxpayers will be asked to cast their ballot on the district's proposed $171 million 2012-13 budget on Tuesday. 

The polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at  and . 

The proposed $171,344,680 budget represents a 3.17 percent budget-to-budget increase, or approximate spending increase of $5,262,856. If voters pass the budget as is, it would represent a 2.60 percent tax levy increase. 

If approved, Commack school officials have estimated the average district homeowner will face an increase of $239 to $258 per year. 

JD May 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Fact: Keeping the discussion away from the lack of qualifications of a candidate in pretend conversations with the community to further an agenda only goes so far. Fact: Doing so while hurting the community you live in only hurts the community.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE SPENDING May 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Read it and weep on this page. No need for any comments. just read and reflect on right and wrong. :( http://commack.patch.com/articles/commack-voters-head-to-polls-on-171m-budget#comment_3318113
ITS ALL ABOUT THE SPENDING May 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Fact: JD is entitled to his opinion as are his detractors. Perhaps JD need to search wikipedia to learn about the Bill of Rights.
Taxed to death May 15, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Commack Citizen....are you kidding? we are ready being taxed out of our homes!!! VOTE NO!!!
Taxed to death May 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Seniors should not pay school taxes
Taxed to death May 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
so true!
Taxed to death May 15, 2012 at 02:17 AM
fact...56 percent of commack residents are being taxed out of their homes due to high taxes.. fact... there needs to be a change (and I am not talking about Obama) by voting NO it sends a message to sharpen the pencils)
Taxed to death May 15, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Why dont they take pay and benefit cuts?
ITS ALL ABOUT THE SPENDING May 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Truth is, they do not have to, they have a contract. HOWEVER, the reason for all this community activism this year is because the feckless BOE has been unable/unwilling to reign in salaries through collective bargaining. Change the makeup of the BOE and we can begin the process of creating fiscal reform. Maybe we will even keep the Zero Based Budgeting process!!!!
PLT May 15, 2012 at 03:20 AM
If you believe the amount you are paying for property taxes is fair, are OK with a 4-5% tax increase this year, feel your money is being spent wisely, don't think there is any fat to cut and believe school budgets should go up by tens of millions while teacher counts and student enrollments go down by the hundreds vote yes. If Not vote NO.
GM May 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Don't sweat the budget this year. There's still more gamesmanship to follow. Change the BOARD! Go VOTE!
lisa May 15, 2012 at 05:54 AM
If you vote no, a revote costs money and if it fails we still recieve a tax increase and we go on contingency. You live in Commack for your children to receive the best education possible. You can not elect someone who has barely been to a PTA meeting. Debbie Guber and our current board work tirelessly and receive no benefit except knowing that hard work with our superintendent pays off. VOTE YESSSS!!! and for Debbie Guber. SHe is the ONLY candidate QUALIFIED!!!
Joe C. May 15, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Sorry but Guber needs to go! Vote NO to the budget and yes to Fusco!!
JD May 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Fact: Keeping the discussion away from the lack of qualifications of a candidate in pretend conversations with the community to further an agenda only goes so far. Fact: Doing so while hurting the community you live in only hurts the community. Fact: I love my kids Fact: I'm voting for the budget
ITS ALL ABOUT THE SPENDING May 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Read it and weep on this page. No need for any comments. just read and reflect on right and wrong. http://commack.patch.com/articles/commack-voters-head-to-polls-on-171m-budget#comment_3318113
John Gruber May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM
if they're so qualified why are we cutting classes while still raising thre budget? because they misused the money terribly and ran this district into the ground financially. They all got to go
JD May 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Fact: I believe my kids deserve the best possible education. Fact: I am voting for the budget.
JD May 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Fact: I am voting yes for my kids
susan r May 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Hey JD, you know you are repeating yourself right.
susan r May 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Fact JD, no cares what you are voting
chefcristo May 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
voting YES is a continuation of the financial downward spiral of the commack school district. wow, dr. james took a pay freeze; i'd agree to that if i received his salary and perks! VOTE NO, AND VOTE FOR DAN FUSCO. HE WILL INSTILL SOME KIND OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AMONG HIS FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS. WE NEED A FRESH START IN COMMACK, AND I HOPE DAN'S THE MAN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
George W May 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Why do we hear so little about cutting waste and duplication and exorbitant administrator salaries? Why do we always hear about cutting teachers and taking away programs for the kids? I've lived in Commack since 1973, and the spending is out of control, just like at the Nassau and Suffolk County levels, and all other levels of government. For those who feel that it's important to give more, please make a donation, and let the rest of us try to hold onto our homes.
George W May 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
There was another posting that he took his "pay freeze" months after giving himself a huge increase.
M.... May 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
VOTE NO!!! Commackians stick together and we will be heard..
Retired May 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
After reading all the factual info. on these blogs, I don't see how anyone could vote Yes to the Budget and Yes to more of Ms. Gruber and the current Board?
Heather May 15, 2012 at 02:10 PM
If you really want change, you need to look much further than Commack. The real problem is that Long Island is basically a cash cow for the entire state. 70% of the revenue from our income taxes and commercial taxes goes to fund upstate and city schools. Long Island has some of the strongest schools in the country. If Long Island was its own state, we would be ranked #1 in the country. The problem is not our teachers and our schools, it is that our legislators do not actually fight for our interests. Our schools get peanuts from the state and are forced to fund the schools largely through our local property taxes. Until this changes, we will continue to feel an increased burden. Stop bashing the teachers and start demanding change from your legislators. There is no reason why the state should be supplying so much money to fund city schools when the people in the city pay roughly 3,000 in property taxes. Our taxes would be roughly 1/4 what they are now if we received equal funding from the state.
Retired May 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Lisa - Sound to me like you would say vote Yes even if it meant bankrupting the school district. How does someone's attendance at a PTA meeting have any bearing whatsoever on their qualification to be on the school Board? Besides, it's pretty obvious based on the e-mails and phone call campaign that the PTA was behind that their interest is not with the students but with the District and maintaining the status quo. Why no one can be qualified to be on the Board unless they drink the PTA and District's Kool Aid? Also, we are all still waiting for someone to explain what exactly Ms Ms. Gruber has done in her 6 years to warrant her a 3rd term? You know why? b/c she has done nothing to speak of, other than agreeing to give raises out that the district cannot afford.
Retired May 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Heather - I will agree with most of what you say. LI is certainly getting short changed by Albany and much needs to be done in that regard. However, contrary to your claim no one here is bashing teachers. We all wish that salary costs were not an issue. But that's simply not the case, it comes down to what we can afford.. It's just economics and nothing more.
Paul May 15, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I agree.. It is not bashing the teachers but it is about fairness. The school personnel have become greedy. Teachers for instance, having salaries of 100k and above to start. Adding the benefits and pensions make it easily another 30,000k yearly. Many of our teachrs start higher than 100k. That is fair for a 9 month 30 hour work week. They get 15 additonal sick days a year. How many days a year do our students have subs?? This is obviously much less than fair. If they worked 11 months a year or 10 months and 40 hours a week, which would then include clubs and sports, their salary would be warranted. Who works 180 days a year and is entitled to 15 additional sick days annually? It is greed and nothing less...
John Gruber May 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I don't think it's necessarily about them being greedy, but they do deserve to make as much as they can UNTIL classes have to be cut and people laid off in order to pay theses salaries

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