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Anger palpable at Amsterdam school budget hearing

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The auditorium of Amsterdam High School was filled with the sounds of screaming taxpayers Tuesday night, men and women enraged by the school district’s proposal to raise its property tax levy by 16.5 percent and cut 61 positions, most of them teachers. City resident Robert Vennett was the first, but far from the last, to blast the school board for the proposed plan. “You’re taxing us to death!” he yelled. “You know there is a ...

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May 4, 2011
8:14 a.m.

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Cutting the teachers is not the answer; look elsewhere to save. It is there to be had;and the State will need to "relax" their mandates as well.

May 4, 2011
11:15 a.m.

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Schools are not private businesses, they don't manufacture anything. The bulk of their budgets are salaries and benefits. People is the only thing they can cut to make any kind of significant dent.