This was a popular catch phrase for a while and perhaps Ms Schweig should take it to heart. By her very own reasoning, the school board SHOULD be mindful of the taxpayer, realize the severity of the economic climate (even though it's temporary Ms Schweig, it's still devestating for many) , exhibit some fiduciary responsibility and suck it up themselves. You can tout the budget as the lowest in years percentage wise but the very size of the budget makes every percentage point translate into money than many can't afford. Ask yourself, if it is temporary, why can't the district keep the increase down to the 1.5% to 2.5% that so many districts have been able to do? Why? Because they don't care. We are voting on the budget for one year, not all future budgets. When times are better they will get a larger increase, but in times that see homes in foreclosure at historically high rates, job losses not seen in 20 years, the loss of the STAR tax rebates (did you know about that?), a sewer tax increase of $700.00 per year, corruption that now has the District Attorney looking into the district. Not to mention the assessables. Everyone, from commentary on this site, to the finance commissioner of the city has reckognized the truth about the numbers. Now, suddenly, Mr O sees the light? The number for assessables was purposely kept low to minimize the perceived percentage increase of the budget. Look at the assessed value of your property. $20,000 assessed value gets you a $380.00 INCREASE to your current school tax. That may not be to bad , but what if it triples? You've lost the STAR, 700.00 to the sewer and nor another 1,000 on top of the school tax. I say enough is enough. You Can make a difference on May 19. Vote no, give them a chance to forgo their raises, renegotiate contracts, everyone wants to keep their jobs?, well, then give something back, look harder for adjustments, do all the things every other segment of our society has had to do to stay afloat. Let the state come in and start looking around and cleaning house. The sooner that happens, the better off all of us will be, especially the kids. Don't be intimidated by their veiled threats about how bad it will be if that happens. These times are pretty bad for most of us and we have been "sucking it up" for quite a while. Send your message, vote, if you cant get there, use an absentee ballot or whatever other means to get your vote in. Get your friends to vote. Show them that you're not willing to pay an extra $1,000.00 in taxes this year, then maybe Ms Schweig and the board can suck it up.
Polow must go - on the budget vote no !