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Niskayuna school board restores cuts, likely to exceed state tax cap

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It is becoming more likely that the Niskayuna Central School District will propose a budget that exceeds the state’s property tax levy cap. The Board of Education added items back into the budget Wednesday night that brought the proposed tax levy increase to around 8.15 percent. The district started with roughly a $6 million deficit. If it rolled over all existing programs and staff from this year’s $75 million budget, its 2013-14 budget would be ...

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mstella
March 28, 2013
7:09 a.m.

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Vote no to any tax increase! The board must learn to live within its means like everyone else does.

birmy
March 28, 2013
7:23 a.m.

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Niskayuna is #1 school in area. I could live with a 7.7% increase. Home values are determined in large part by how good the schools are.

fore26
March 28, 2013
8:35 a.m.

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I beleive more can be cut without hurting education. It seams as a society we've lost focus on what is truly a "want" and what is truly a "need". Just because something is wanted for a quality education, doesn't mean it is needed for a quality education. We need to get back to the basics and fund our core mission; Education. And if that means that things like Sports, Arts & Music, and less services like late busses go by the way side then so be it. 7.8% is alot to ask the cash strapped public and the taxes in Niskayuna is already beyond afordability. The board needs to make some hard decisions and get that rate down below 5%. I will not support a 7.8% increase.

1963
March 28, 2013
9:32 a.m.

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Arts and music are education essentials, as are English, science and math.

Cut sports.

Mesbahi
March 28, 2013
12:55 p.m.

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Cut absolutely nothing when it comes to keeping the kids in Niskayuna challenged. Just because some parents have PhDs in science & technology, and their kids are following in their foot steps, they fail to see the value in music, arts and sports. Go tell Amadeus, de Kooning, and Madjer that it means nothing to excel in these areas. Cuts needs to be implemented at the administrative level. No one deserves $215,000 in pay plus freaking benefits to die for in an area where an average single family house is about $260,000, and she hasn't even bought a house in Nisky! When is enough is going to be truly enough?
Stop cutting the jobs of the people who are truly doing an incredible and safe work and who are getting paid nothing in comparison to many people in the district. These are the janitors, bus drivers, and aides most of whom say hello to us parents and care about our kids.

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