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How Will You Vote on 2012-13 Garden City School Budget? [Poll]

Are you for or against this year's budget? Vote in our anonymous poll.

In exactly one week, Garden City school district residents will be voting on the

The $104,215,528 budget that the Board of Education unanimously adopted last month carries a projected tax levy increase of 3.54 percent, which does stay under tax cap limit imposed by New York State law.

The board reduced its spending on debt services by $61,419 and classroom furniture by $10,000. It also eliminated strength and conditioning programs in athletics, for a savings of $9,804. Through contract negotiations with the Garden City Teachers’ Association (GCTA), the district is also saving money in salaries - $569,296 for general education teachers and $110,704 for special education teachers. 

Will you support this year's school budget? Tell us how you'll vote in the May 15 election by voting in our anonymous poll below.

Ron Tadross May 09, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I'll be voting to stop the BOE from firing teachers before administrators, because at the current rate someday all we will have is administrators.
Thomas Brosnan May 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The Educrats control the process. Our BOE, the Administration, the Unions and PTA cheerleaders run the show. They certainly have not earned the trust of the taxpayers. In all the years I have been observing, have there been any permanent wage freezes or reductions as experienced in the private sector? NEVER. Have the benefit packages been restructured to bring them in line with the private sector? NEVER. Has the BOE gotten any serious concessions from the Unions? NEVER. Have there been any serious sacrifices made by the Public Sector members? NEVER. Have the taxpayers had to deal with a continually increasing school tax burden? ALWAYS! Do the Scholar, Athlete and Special Needs Parents fight each other for scraps while the Unions and Administration feast? ALWAYS! Is austerity threatened to keep the taxpayers in line? ALWAYS! The end result of this mismanagement will be eventually be bankruptcy. Future taxpayers won't stand for paying unfunded pension and retiree healthcare costs. If there are any taxpayers still living here. Vote NO on the upcoming school budget Tuesday, May 15 to stop this madness.
GCBob May 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
There are three costs centers in our district and they are Administration, Academics and Capital. From the years 2005-06 to 2010-11,over the last 5 years, the actual expenses related to Capital have gone up 7.4%, during the same period of time Academics have gone up 26%, while the cost of Administration has gone up nearly 40%. It is quite obvious to me as to where our district is spending our money.
Jake May 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
they will take their anger out on our students, when you vote no.
Steve F May 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I still dont understand how a group of "educators" don't understand the theory of do more with less. The rest of the nation is cutting back. Residents are taking home 0% raises in many cases and yet the school admins just keep raising the costs while holding the children hostage. The run away taxes are the reason Nassau County hasn't seen the real estate appreciation that our neighbor, Queens, has.
GCBob May 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
We are voting tomorrow for higher wages, pensions, healthcare costs and taxes. Who gets less, less teachers, less programs and less students, we do. But just remember its all for the kids or is it?
Steve F May 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Vote for fiscal responsibility
Elle May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
As Joe said, "They will take their anger out on our students if you vote no" then let's get the names of who these people are and let's all vote to get them pushed out of our schools and hire educators who care more about our kids than their salary increases.

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