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Happy With School Budget/Board Election Results? [Poll]

Share your thoughts on the outcome of Tuesday's vote.

The Garden City 2012-13 school budget Tuesday as residents approved the proposed $104,215,528 spending plan.

Garden City school district voters also re-elected Trustee Tom Pinou, this time to the At-Large seat on the Board of Education, and voted in newcomer Robert Martin, in the two uncontested school board races.

Are you happy with the results of Tuesday's votes? Take the poll and tell us in the comments below.

Elle May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I can take any more tax increases. Let them take these extra taxes from only the family's who voted yes and have more than one child. Our town's people are being scammed. The schools are threatening us by taking away programs for our kids but in reality they are robbing us to pay for their continued increase in salaries and pensions.
GCBob May 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Elle, I could not agree with you more but out of a community of over 16,500 eligible voters the budget passes with less then 2,900 of us going to the poles each year with only a handful of residents ever attending BOE meetings. That is a big part of the problem. We the people keep supporting this financial train wreck because we don't get involved, hense we are not properly informed,and in doing so we let other people make our decisions for us.
Elle May 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Very sad. Perhaps we need an "absentee-voter" mail in system or something. Maybe these people can't get off work in time and are too keeping their jobs to pay all these taxes to find time to vote. Also, I heard that many people didn't even see the notice or know there was a vote taking place yesterday.
Sally Carson May 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
All these people think they just have to "suck it up" until their kids go to college - who is going to buy their house then? Especially for the houses who taxes are over $25K already - news flash, you are getting the same education as people who pay $12K. And $25K a year in taxes translates to $2,000 a month before you even get to your mortgage. The party is over, Garden City. Get out while you can!
GCBob May 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Sally, the value of homes were down 8.5% and condos dropped 10% over the past year, that in part is why our tax rate is over 13% in order to make up for the drop in values. High property taxes are inherently forcing values down and prospective buyers away. Your analogy is quite true in that if a family has two or three children in the school system at a cost of $25,000 per child while costing them $25,000 in taxes for all their children that would seem like a bargain.
kent penney May 17, 2012 at 09:23 PM
The truth of the matter is that the whole system is rigged. Fiersen and Foley protest at the 'mandates' (Taylor law, pensions, etc) that are killing our schools, while at the same time, it is their own unions that lobby aggressively to keep these mandates in place. The money they pay in the form of union dues, goes to support candidates in Albany that ensure their interests are put before those of the taxpayer. This year, w/ the new tax cap, they had a plan to be very aggressive (givebacks, marketing, phone calls) to ensure budgets passed on the first shot. Due to the complete apathy of taxpayers, they achieved their goal w/ flying colors. If people don't like these huge budgets, they will have to get involved - the unions aren't going to give-in w/out a serious fight.
Arnie May 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I just cannot understand why our percent increase was the third highest in the county. If our schools are so good to begin with, what needs so much more improving?
Laura Giacini May 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Now maybe there is enough money to cut the lawn and work the gardens, replace the new dead shrubs at the schools before June???? Wattya think? Last year after a passed budget they cut the lawn at Hemlock school the week it let out for the summer ...I think they had to find a few children in the high weeds