LIFER, Long Islanders for Educational Reform, was organized in 2005 to address the issue of
escalating school taxes, while maintaining excellence in our educational systems. Drawn from business, education, civic organizations and other groups of concerned citizens, we are committed to finding an equitable solution to the problem of burdensome taxation.
LIFER offers free start up, recruitment, organizational expertise, web sites and support to any homeowners group or people that want to start a civic association.
What you must know before you vote
1) Education law does not require Boards of Education to be accurate in their estimations or to
use factual information because it is available.
2) A School budget is this year's guess based on last year's guess, often without actual
cost being considered. Most budgets are under spent (over taxed) by millions
3) Reserves are under spent (over taxed) millions held by Districts to improve balance sheet
4) The difference between an adopted and contingent budget is the difference between an
open checkbook and limited funds. An adopted budget can be changed after the voters
approved the budget for unforeseen circumstances such as a new union contract signeda day after the voters approved the budget. A Contingent budget caps spending.
Some Facts about where your property tax dollars getting used ...
- NYS Mandates everything and only pays $3.2 Billion. LI Homeowners pay $7.4 Billion
- $23,252 Average Cost Per Long Island Pupil (we have 459,135 LI Students)
- $1.4 Billion of Taxpayer overcharges are sitting in School District Banks
- And the use that money in reserves to blackmail residents into accepting proposed budget. How?
- Boards can present fraudulent contingency budgets.
The difference between contingency and a passed budget is the difference
between an open check book and a spending cap
- The State’s per pupil spending was 65% above the national average($9,666)
- The Property Tax share was 48.4 % the national average share was 44%
- New York per pupil salaries was $11,042, 88% above the National average
- The State’s per-pupil spending salaries exceeded the spending of 37 states
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