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10 Things to Know about Tuesday's Budget Vote and School Election

Community will vote on school budget, board trustees, natural gas proposition.

Three Village voters will head to their local elementary schools on Tuesday to decide the fate of , elect two school board trustees from , and say "yes" or "no" to a proposition to .

Here are a few things to take with you on Tuesday:

  • When and where: Cast your ballot between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at your local elementary school.
  • The will be used for the first time in a Three Village school election.
  • The natural gas proposition is located on the back of the ballot.
  • Budget by the numbers: The $178.6 million budget would cut approximately 85 staff positions, and includes $6.5 million in reductions from what a "rollover" budget would have called for.
  • Programs and services: School administrators say approving the $178.6 million budget would maintain the integrity of programs and services across the district.
  • Tax levy increase: This budget would carry a tax levy increase of 4.48 percent. The state's tax cap legislation, combined with its decrease of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid to Three Village, would have enabled the district to raise the tax levy by 2.99 percent. Thus, the district is seeking to raise the tax levy by an additional 1.49 percent.
  • Your tax bill: With a 4.48 percent tax levy increase, the average homeowner would see an increase of approximately $422.
  • Voter approval: Because the proposed budget would raise the tax levy more than 2.99 percent, the school district needs a supermajority of voter approval to pass the budget – meaning at least 60 percent of the community must vote "yes."
  • What happens if the budget fails? A budget revote will take place on June 19. If it's necessary, school administrators have indicated they would recommend a budget that calls for a tax levy increase at the cap of 2.99 percent.
  • What happens if the budget fails twice? The district cannot raise the tax levy at all, which would require an additional $5.7 million in budget cuts. According to school administrators, the fallout could include 200 lost jobs, elimination of sports and kindergarten, and class size increases in all grades and subjects.

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Its Over May 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Don't forget to vote NO. Don't fall for their teacher tricks and threats. They actually had the nerve to put propoganda in mailboxes. Probably printed out with school color printers. They are desperate for their double raises. Vote NO
Just sayin...... May 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
There are no teacher "tricks" or "threats" in this budget. The BOE designed the budget; and thoughtfully and thoroughly considered all that is included in it. Stop blaming the teachers for all things financial and budgetary.
Its Over May 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
BOE are teachers. cutting programs is a threat. no givebacks by their union is a trick. wakeup
Chuck May 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM
There are fewer children overall in the school district yet the budget grows by roughly 4.5%. The cost per child is $24,400. That is ridiculous. The assistant superintendent for business services complains there's been a loss of $566,000 in state aid and $1.2 million in a federal grant. How could he not know much of that money was designed only for the very short term and plan accordingly? Why is it never suggested that Three Village join the ranks of other districts in asking the union to make some common sense accommodations? It would do 2 things. 1)Offer some relief to overwhelmed taxpayers. 2) Take the pressure off terrific teachers facing layoffs simply because they lack seniority.
INFORMED TAXPAYER May 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
How anybody can say there are no "tricks" or "threats" in this proposed budget must be from another planet! Threats specifically designed to scare the voters have been used historically by the BOE to get their free-spending way with our money! Nobody in this school district is anti-education. We all realize that a good education is extremely important to our kids, but not at the expense of bankrupting the residents here. The school district cannot even make the case that all this money they have received in the past and what they want for the future has resulted in the increased student performance residents should be expecting! So, let's vote the budget down twice if necessary and give our free-spending BOE the message that we just can't afford it anymore!!
Just sayin...... May 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The BOE are not teachers.....they are the financial managers of the district, and I'm hard pressed to come up with any who have spent any time in the classroom. The "threats" over cuts are not coming from the teachers, they are merely a result of trying to find ways to exist within the budget they are told. No give-backs by the union? What happened the past TWO years? The union opened their contracts both years and gave back plenty. To expect it again is insane. They have to make a living, too.
mary ann May 14, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Get out and vote NOOooooooooooooooooooooo! "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!". Let's get out in massive numbers and VOTE!
Its Over May 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Nice try teacher. They gave back nothing. BOE are hand picked stooges like you.
Chuck May 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
The BOE, with the loss of Frank McIntosh, is now fully staffed by members hand picked by the union. They are simply their Cat's Paw. The union overtly supports these candidates and shills for their election in almost every way imaginable. It is incestuous. The past two years of so called give backs are going to work out a whole lot better for the teachers than folks paying their salaries. They took a salary "freeze" to be returned over the final 2 years of the contract. Future raises are based on the Consumer Price Index. Additional delayed step increases were part of the deal. They simply shuffled their pay raises down the road. Seeing the 2% tax cap coming this politically savvy union cleverly renegotiated a contract well past the date state legislators would put a lid on spending. There's a big difference between opening and renegotiating a contract. They did great. The taxpayers....not so much.
Its Over May 14, 2012 at 06:41 PM
If this passes our school taxes go up 500 and the police and fire taxes are also going up 500. that's a 1000 bucks in one year folks. enjoy your blockbuster summer
Informed three village parent May 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Wake up it's over! Your taxes are going up anyway..even with a 3% increase. The difference is $140 a year for the average household. However at 4.48% our children will still have most of the programs Remember why we moved into three village!! Educate yourselves in the details before you all start ranting. None of us want higher taxes however I don't think our children should be the ones suffering. I am not a teacher and trust me these are not threats
Chuck May 14, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Here's a suggestion. Before you vote, see if you can track down what you paid in school taxes circa 2003, and compare what you're paying today. Likely, without any improvements, and maybe even with a successful grievance, you're shelling out over 70% more! Real estate values are now approximately now at 2003 levels. Is there any wonder people are unable to sell their homes? Their most important asset is worth 30-40% less and their taxes are 70% higher! Vote NO!
Its Over May 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
How about this informed parent , maybe u should look in newsday today. Nice article about how our property values are plummeting. All due to runaway property taxes. It's not a matter of paying any more it's about not being able to sell. Pretty soon at this rate cape cods selling for 300 k will have taxes approaching 15k. I went to these schools and if you think you were smart bringing ur kids here maybe u should be better informed. Schools are loaded with drugs. Teachers don't care. U would have been better off living in the city and sending ur kids to parochial schools were they don't pay kindergarden teachers 125000 at age 50. Nobody famous comes out of these schools, only pretentious snobs who think the more u pay the better. But it's not better.
C. Berry May 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Please vote NO!!! and vote NO twice if you have to(June 19th)!!!! revote day. The children will be fine - I'm a teacher and we can still take care of teaching the kids!! Maybe some of the excess administrators will have to go!!!
Nicco1973 May 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I'm voting YES. I hate that my taxes are going up but I have preschool aged children that need that quality education. I work in a low income school district and there are 40 children in a class on the elementary level. The buildings look like they are falling apart. The lunch menu Is sub-standard. Materials and supplies are old and broken. Mold has infested parts of buildings, not to mention the sewer problems. Teacher's in Florida are paid fairly low wages and the quality of the education system there is not a very good situation. You get what you pay for. State officials have to figure out a solution that helps both sides.
INFORMED TAXPAYER May 15, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Nicco 1973, Where have you been? The State passed the Taxcap which is supposed to be helping us all. It was designed so school districts could put forth a reasonable budget increase every year. It's the free spending districts like Three Village that have put forth a budget above the cap. Believe me, even when this budget is defeated, we will never be in the shape the Florida schools are in.
Nicco1973 May 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
You got your wish. You sent 85 people to the street, cut programs, and ultimately hurt the kids. My district passed their budget (stayed within the tax cap). I guess pretty soon you'll even out the playing field and my low income school district will finally be able to have all of TVSD perks.
Wolfgang Wulff May 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM
BOE members may never have been teaching, but they are net-receiving beneficiaries of budget increases as long as they have at least on child in the school system. Most BOE members have run for office to advance their own interest; they listen at board meetings preferably to other net-receiving beneficiaries (teachers and parents), then get the wrong, far out-of-touch message and campaign for teachers and their unions, while they pretend to campaign for "kids" (no kidding).
Tc May 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Can Nicco say.. OVERPAID administrators and teachers!!!!

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