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Niskayuna school taxpayers finally said, ‘enough is enough’

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Niskayuna school taxpayers finally said, ‘enough is enough’ Niskayuna voters resoundingly defeated the school budget put to voters May 21 that contained a 5.76 percent tax hike, exceeding the district’s tax cap of 4.66 percent. Less than 45 percent of the voters approved the budget — far less than the 60 percent required for passage. The state School Boards Association reports that only 27 of New York’s 669 school districts proposed budgets that exceeded their ...

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May 28, 2013
1:12 a.m.

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In the past six years the cost of employee benefits (pension contributions and health care) went up 43% in the Niskayuna school system, while salaries actually went down 1.3%. Taxpayers are paying $5,528,188 more for pensions and health care this year than they were six years ago, but $476,862 less for salaries. You can thank the teachers’ union and elected officials in Albany for the pension increases dear taxpayer, and thank the Niskayuna Board of Education for the reduction in salary costs. By voting down the school budget, taxpayers are not hurting those who parceled out such great pensions in return for union support. You are hurting the school kids who will have to deal with the trillions of debt they will inherit from this country, and do it with the crappy education we will be giving them.