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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. 

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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