Friday, April 29, 2011

Middle Country's budget, blackmail for 2011-2012

Case in point, Middle Country's budget for next year says the following:

If budget is approved: 6.68% increase
If budget is rejected: 21.61% increase

How is that even possible ? How is that even a choice to Vote? What is the meaning of a VOTE ? Well its a right to choose ! Now I did some research how they come up with this and can even get away with it. That's the reason we need Tax cap and real reforms right now or school districts will rip you off every year against your will.  They give all that money to their fat salaries, nice pensions and benefits that don't fit in today's economy. Its much similar to Wall street paying bonus and stock options to themselves while  using taxpayer money to bailout on cheap terms.

Here is the budget summary for  Middle Country

Home Assessed at $4,000 Proposed Budget Contingent Budget*
2011/12 Estimated Tax Rate 220.14 250.96
Average Daily Increase 1.51 4.89
Budget Increase % 1.65 1.62
Estimated Tax Rate % Increase 6.68 21.61
Proposed Inc. in cost** 551.25 1784.12

Under a contingency budget the tax rate would be significantly higher.
*Assumes no application of fund balance or reserves under a contingent budget.
**-Increase represents current actual to proposed budget.

Middle Country for year 2009-2010 had $26,689,294 in reserves.
Now for year 2010-2011 they have $18,638,122 in reserves.

So what they have done is over the years they have overcharged their residents and built a nice cushion in reserves and who knows they may have already spent some on generous compensation and benefits. Now in these hard times instead of using those fund they are blackmailing residents not to use that money and use contingency budget instead. There are certain restrictions in contingency budget spending so they basically use this threat to get their will.

Its up to the residents now to revolt against these practices and actually raise awareness. My suggestion is go ahead and Vote NO and see what happens because if you vote YES then the new budget becomes the base for next year contingency budget and the story will go on. Its time for some real reforms as we are bullied against our will.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, its going to take some shot down budgets before something goes right.... So Basically we have to hurt the kids in order to make these districts act appropriately

Anonymous said...

Oh and BTW --- its a bit of a pain in th ebutt to post comments here..

BetterThanZero said...

Tummy can you please explain why it's pain the butt ?

BetterThanZero said...

Tummy, I didn't realize that it was asking for login info to post comment. I allowed anonymous now. In case that was your issue.

Anonymous said...

Yea, that was pretty much it.. For each post, when I selected aim, it brought me to another page,made me re-enter my AIM login and pw and then forwarded me to another page where I had to say OK to continue.. then brought me back here...


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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.

Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.