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Community Set to Vote on Revised School Budget Proposal Tuesday

The new budget falls at the level of the tax cap and will only need a simple majority to pass.

For the Three Village Central School District, a lot is riding on Tuesday's budget re-vote, in which voters will decide the fate of a that would raise taxes by an average of $282.

This new proposed budget is about $1.9 less than the previous budget, and since it would carry a 2.99 percent tax levy increase, it is within the state's tax cap threshold and will require a simple majority of voter approval.

If the budget fails, the school district by law will have to adopt an austerity budget that would not allow a tax levy increase and would require $3.8 million in additional cuts.

An austerity budget would threaten many of the programs people fought for during recent school board meetings.

"If the second budget does not pass, there are huge cuts that have to be made that will pretty much almost destroy what is the Three Village Central School District," board president John Diviney said at a recent Board of Education meeting. "We have to have an appreciation for how important the next vote is."

Under an austerity budget, community organizations that currently use school facilities at no cost would then have to pay to use them, according to Diviney.

"That’s the one people forget about. It may not even be a big dollar amount to the district," he said. "People don’t realize they have the use of the facilities but that is one of the things that we would have to charge for as part of education law."

Additional teaching positions and other staff – along with the programs they deliver – would likely be cut further. The original budget called for the elimination of 85 full-time equivalent positions, and the new proposed budget would bring that total to 109, including abolishing two elementary assistant principal positions that will be vacant in 2012-2013 anyway.

Though some in the community felt the Three Village Teachers Association should re-open contract negotiations this year to help the district see some cost savings, president Claudia Reinhart said Monday that the TVTA did not choose to re-open it because it had already done so for the past two years. "We've done more than our fair share to support students in our district," she said.

Ultimately it will be up to the school board to decide what to cut, likely based on the advice of the central adminisration. But, they have said, it won't be pretty.

Its Over June 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Its very important to get out and vote No tomorrow. The teachers union must realize they will never be able to puncture the cap. we must keep the yes men under 60%. Vote No and send them home early.
Gene O'Brien June 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
If you vote NO you do great harm to the programs in the district and hurt the children immeasurably. If you have a problem with the budget as it is presented, get more involved during the process when it is being formulated. At this point, it's an austerity budget if it fails. That would be disastrous to the district's children. Please - don't vote 'no' to make a point. Vote 'yes' to preserve our district's integrity of programs and then get more involved next year early in the process!
INFORMED TAXPAYER June 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
If you vote YES on this budget you will be doing great ;harm to the taxpayers in this district!! With the money spent over the years, you would think that the results would be outstanding and our schools would be among the elite on Long Island. We are not!! Do not believe any statements from the BOE that the Three Village School District would essentially be destroyed! What bunk!!! In reality, our teachers might have to work a little harder without all the fluff they're used to.
justme June 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
All that is needed is a majority to pass that is over 50% not 60%.
Its Over June 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
justme I know that but I think its important to show the teachers union that they willnot get 60% from the voters and we should turn out in force and try to getan austerity budget.
justme June 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Works for me Its Over. I'll be out Voting NO with you.
Vote Yes June 18, 2012 at 09:52 PM
So you'd rather vote no and have our schools do worse and make the children suffer to prove a point to teachers union? You must not have children and if u do I feel bad for them in that their parents would rather vote no because of their issues with a teachers union than preserve programs for your kids... Pathetic and move out of this district then. If you don't have kids then you don't get to comment on what the schools are like because you have no idea I bet you've never been to a board meeting, art show, concert or sporting event.
Vote Yes June 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Forgot to mention it's over we don't need a 60% get your facts straight it's a simple majority
I am right June 19, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I am voting no also , I'm just sick of the tax increases while my paycheck remains the same (5 years).
Nicco1973 June 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Vote Yes!!!!!!!
Harold June 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Get another job then i did so you'll have your kids suffer instead?

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