Voters mull economy in school distric...

Voters mull economy in school district elections

There are 222 comments on the Newsday story from May 20, 2008, titled Voters mull economy in school district elections. In it, Newsday reports that:

Proposed tax increases this year are relatively low on Long Island after lawmakers poured state aid into school district coffers.

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Woo HOO

Dumont, NJ

#1 May 20, 2008
Lindy budget failed.....YEAH!!! Enough with the tax and spend wackos.
Lets not forget the kids

Brooklyn, NY

#4 May 20, 2008
I just love it when I see people vote no on their school taxes because their gas and food prices are too high. That makes a lot of sense.... lets take out our frustration on the children.
I hope everyone who uses children as pawns remembers the children will someday be our leaders and vote on issues effecting us. I hope our future leaders can show greater compassion and integrity to us then we have to them.
I have to agree

Amityville, NY

#6 May 21, 2008
What a bunch of suckers.
"Yeah its for the children".
anonymous

Yaphank, NY

#8 May 21, 2008
Now people of Long Island. Can you see what happened here. The way they kept down the spending this year why couldn't they do it other years. Also, many of you complain about taxes, gas, etc... but yet everyone votes "yes". This was a way to make a statement and vote "no" across the board. All accross Long Island we should have voted "no". Except, everyone votes "yes". So the public contributes to our inflation and high taxes. Keep bitching and complaining but doing nothing to stop it.
Badtothebone

New Hyde Park, NY

#9 May 21, 2008
Results were the best in at least nine years.
Great! Now the big wigs in the school districts can all get their offices redone. Everyone always says "it's for the children", but how much of the money filters down to them after big wig pensions, office renovations, huge raises, and what ever else goes on behind the scene?
Not much, that's why increases are always made and you gluttens for punishment go along with it. Give it time and you will read about some scumbag who took their share for some bogus bulls**t reason.
Badtothebone

New Hyde Park, NY

#10 May 21, 2008
anonymous wrote:
Now people of Long Island. Can you see what happened here. The way they kept down the spending this year why couldn't they do it other years. Also, many of you complain about taxes, gas, etc... but yet everyone votes "yes". This was a way to make a statement and vote "no" across the board. All accross Long Island we should have voted "no". Except, everyone votes "yes". So the public contributes to our inflation and high taxes. Keep bitching and complaining but doing nothing to stop it.


Very well said! Every time John Q Public is given the opportunity to take a stand and say we won't take it anymore, they become cowards. I'm given x number of dollars to work with every payday and I have to make due with what I get to provide for my family. We all have to make sacrifices to make ends meet but the big shots make sure they get theirs first. I don't eat steak and feed the rest of my family cereal for dinner.
Balto

Norwalk, CT

#11 May 21, 2008
Voter apathy was very apparent. Less than 700 votes were recorded in my district proving once again that when you lay back you get scrogged.
Worried for the future

Norwalk, CT

#12 May 21, 2008
Nothing will ever change with the sorry state of corruption in education until the voting system changes. Only people that actually pay taxes should be allowed to vote on the budget. Why do students and adult children who still live with their mommies? Let those who are truly impacted by the money aspect of increasing budgets be the ones to decide what happens with these overinflated budgets.

Additionally, please remember that even teachers vote no on these budgets because they see the waste from within the system.
paul

Edison, NJ

#13 May 21, 2008
Congratulations three village voters, you have won the stupidity award once again. You allowed the union and inner circle of thieves to make a clean sweep again. You sat back on your acsses and allowed them to get rid of Rudman, your only protection against their thievery, you ignored the other candidate, Blakie, who would have represented you and your best interests, instead of the inner circle of thieves and the union that serves them. You deserve the the corrupt three village school district that you have given the green light to.
fotoguy

Syosset, NY

#14 May 21, 2008
Lets not forget the kids wrote:
I just love it when I see people vote no on their school taxes because their gas and food prices are too high. That makes a lot of sense.... lets take out our frustration on the children.
I hope everyone who uses children as pawns remembers the children will someday be our leaders and vote on issues effecting us. I hope our future leaders can show greater compassion and integrity to us then we have to them.
Children? You must be kidding. Have you not read the stories lately of the sweet deal rip offs the school districts are pulling? Are you clueless as to the exorbitant salaries paid out?
fotoguy

Syosset, NY

#15 May 21, 2008
OK folks. Stop your whining on high school taxes. You voted for it
Dave

Medford, NY

#16 May 21, 2008
As a Patchogue-Medford Student I am simply stunned by the comments I have read here. Our school operates with fairly low money per pupil and is able to keep up a decent level of quality. But the fact is the school needs more. We have paper shortages, bathroom monitor shortages leading to one bathroom in the whole school being open, and packed out classrooms. I can't make a comment on every school budget because I am sure there are some that mishandle money but I am saddened by those who voted against the PM budget. Long Island has the highest quality of education in the country but that costs money to.

Since: Jun 07

Copiague, NY

#17 May 21, 2008
Lets not forget the kids wrote:
I just love it when I see people vote no on their school taxes because their gas and food prices are too high. That makes a lot of sense.... lets take out our frustration on the children.
I hope everyone who uses children as pawns remembers the children will someday be our leaders and vote on issues effecting us. I hope our future leaders can show greater compassion and integrity to us then we have to them.
I love when people play that card. The law mandates that the children will get their education and transportation regardless of the the vote results. Austerity cuts alot of the stuff that "everyone" shouldn't be paying for in the first place. Want your kid to be a football star or tuba player? You should pay. But our kids will get their education regardless.
Here we go again

Newark, NJ

#18 May 21, 2008
Here we go again....Let's all wait for the next school scandal to be exposed, and we'll all be screaming for accountability, wondering why and how this can happen over and over again!!!

Well, the answer is crystal clear today, as the majority of districts were given a green light last night as 90% of their budgets passed. For the taxes I pay, we all pay, graduation rates should be 100%, our students should be excelling in every national competition, scholarships should be plentiful, so on and so on.....and guess what? It's not happening!! We, as parents, have to learn to be fiscally responsible to make ends meet in running our households, the same should be true of school districts. I guess it is just easier to flip that lever yes, than to second guess the brain trusts that run our school systems. Pathetic!....and now we'll all being paying the price!
Sick and tired

Bronx, NY

#19 May 21, 2008
Longwood residents are idiots!!!!!
I trust the school board and the people who tally up the votes as far as I can see them. You people all complain and then vote YES like a bunch of morons. Im sick of this.
see ya

Edison, NJ

#20 May 21, 2008
Sick and tired wrote:
Longwood residents are idiots!!!!!
I trust the school board and the people who tally up the votes as far as I can see them. You people all complain and then vote YES like a bunch of morons. Im sick of this.
Than move, Please move! Go south with the rest of them, and leave us alone!!!!
HereandThere

Paterson, NJ

#21 May 21, 2008
Sooner or later this situation will hit the brick wall.
Chaz

New York, NY

#22 May 21, 2008
People get the government they deserve, and the education system is part of that.

Dave in Ridge, the fact that you don't have toilet paper in your school is related to the fact that your superintendent employs half his family in no-show jobs that pay upwards of $60K a year. If you're smart enough to post here, you're smart enough to pull out the budget and pick it apart. See how much money actually goes to students in the form of teacher salaries, supplies, etc, versus how much goes to superintendent salary, other administrative staff, cars & gasoline which are paid by the government for that administration, and other items that you, a student, will never ever see or from which you will derive no benefit at all.

No, if citizens voted for these school budgets, then they are colluding in their own degradation. Good luck with that.
LITAXED

United States

#23 May 21, 2008
Who is responsible for tallying the votes? Is it some independent third party? I'd love see an audit of the whole voting process.
ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS

New York, NY

#24 May 21, 2008
What a bunch of effen sheep. If these people were around in the 1700's we would still be saluting the Union Jack. Disgusted !!!

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