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Niskayuna school officials hope to learn from budget defeat

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Niskayuna Central School District officials worked Wednesday to learn from Tuesday’s resounding defeat of the district’s proposed budget and incorporate those lessons into the next spending plan. Officials said foremost on the district’s agenda over the next two weeks is to cut the budget proposal by at least another $560,000, to get the proposal under the state tax cap and hopefully appease some of the voters who turned out Tuesday to defeat the district’s original ...

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May 22, 2013
8:57 p.m.

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Interesting that the school board members have now seen the light. In all the public hearings leading up to this vote, all I perceived was an ambivalence to comments that the spending was too high. In fact, just a few weeks before the budget was adopted for a vote, a mysterious accounting transfer was found to bring the increase down from 6.7% to the 5.6% not surprisingly the amount that would have passed the 60% threshold according to the informal survey from January. The board is playing games. Start cutting now. We will only carry these enormous budgets into the following years, so start big and save yourselves this embarrassment next year.