Friday, May 6, 2011

Hauppauge School Proposed Budget 2011-2012, Long Island, NY

Hauppauge 2011-2012 budget highlights

  • Proposed budget 2011-2012 is $97,176,503 up 3.35% from 2010-2011 budget.
  • Proposed Tax Levy 2011-2012 is $74,554,055 up 3.46% from 2010-2011 budget.
  • Projected Students for 2011-2012  is 3,994 down 0.55% from 2010-2011.
  • Contingent Budget for 2011-2012 is No Idea ?
Whats in the newsletter ...
The proposed 2011-2012 budget will cost the average homeowner an estimated additional $0.48 per day! WOW looks like I am going to buy a Car.

In developing this budget, the Board of Education and administration faced the significant challenges of accounting for mandated increases of more than $4 million (contractual obligations, debt service and the retirement systems), while sustaining a $1.6 million reduction in our state aid allocation. However, we are confident that the presented budget addresses these challenges while representing continued growth on our journey to providing a well-rounded, rigorous program for all of our children.
So what about next year? Is this mandated increase of more than $4 million just for this year and proposing this budget solves it? NO way, this is just the beginning of the exponential curve of this mandated increases and reduced services. Simply means keep paying your $0.48 this year and then additional $0.50 cents next year and so on and along the way get bigger classes for your kids and less programs as we have to pay their benefits. Deal of lifetime !

Some arm twisting using contingency  
How would a contingency budget affect our District?

If the budget is rejected by voters, the Board will
have the option to place another budget before
voters on June 21st or adopt a contingency budget.
State law limits the increase of a contingency budget
over the previous year’s budget and prohibits certain
items from being included.
A contingency budget cannot include the following expenditures:
  • New equipment
  • Free community use of school buildings and grounds
  • Capital improvements to District facilities
  • Other actions may also need to be considered, such as
    • Increase to class size
    • Reduction of programs
    • Reduction of extracurricular and athletic activities
NOTE: The proposed budget is less than the maximum contingency budget amount allowed by law

Hauppauge Budget Newsletter 2011-2012
Hauppauge Budget Summary Revenue 2011-2012

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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.