Lindy Mom - You are RIGHT ON about the illegal apartments and such. What we need to do is have the Village crack down on this, and of course they will not. Lindenhurst Village is all about patronage.. for example at last night's village board Meeting, Lou Dietz, chairman of the local Republican party, was hired at an annual salary of $18,000 as a "community advisor" for the village.(Oh, by the way, he's about to turn 65, so guess what, lifetime benefits on the village dime...) and nobody is sure what he's supposed to do. They talk about caracking down, but on my block, I have 3 illegal apartments, and hot dog truck, an oil truck, and a car that leaks more oil on the street than I use in my cars over a year's time.I just could not vote yes and watch my taxes skyrocket yet again. Meanwhile all the kids from the illegal apartments on my street (at least 4 apartments) get to go to school "free" on my dime! I have been without a union contract for 2yrs - without a raise to offset the rise in the cost of living - another tax increase will force me to leave the home I love!
But I voted yes, because the budget this year is the leanest it's been in a long time, and our costs are out of control, primarily due to teachers' union wages, benefits, and costs. So if you have children, please be prepared for larger classes, no summer school, no middle school sports, and no JV sports.