Thursday, November 19, 2009

HANG ONTO YOUR WALLETS!

  
New GCSD Budget Proposal Up 6% Before Cuts To State Aid

Paterson could reduce aid mid-year by $3.3 million

“These are not easy times to create a budget when you’re dependent on state funding.” ~~ Pat Tydings, Circus Posse Prez. (Well, DUH!!)

“We’ve had two years where we’ve been able to keep the budget with no increase. We used our state and federal money last year to help us, but this year, we have some challenges.” ~~ Julia VanOrman, past Circus Posse Prez. (Correction: You used OUR state & federal money! It's OURS, not "yours!")

“We’ve been looking at (the expenditures) very closely for the last couple of years and are trying to keep them as close to the bone as possible. We’re looking at what we can do to cut our expenditures.” ~~ Tydings

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SCATS ~~ Bull Twinkies, Mr. Tydings!!! ! If you aren't willing to CUT SOMETHING OUT or SCALE SOMETHING BACK then you have NOT done your job! Let's start by cutting back on the BOE's legal expenses. Next up, eliminate stipends ... get volunteers to do these "extras." Then scale back extracurriculars to a core group of activities. Don't forget to minimize busing by revising the elementary schools. If you do not do these things, then you have not done your job, but I realize it takes a backbone and you are very slithery  ;)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not that this is the whole thing by any means, but to connect a couple of dots, notice how the off loading of youth services to the gcsd is part of a larger general increase.
Auberger gets to claim cuts and we pay anyway.

SCATS said...

To 10:19AM ~~ But according to "I Am Him" those services were "redundant." Of course, that was determined in a vacuum ... since GCSD probably wasn't consulted ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

2 things folks;

BAB = board approved bussing - all kinds of extra money needed for open enrollment, signature schools, and schools of choice - no educational benefit identified and of course no board action.

BAC = board approved contracts - example - it was rather interesting to see a board member speak about a increase in cost of medical. It was the board who earlier this year approved a contract that INCREASED the % paid by taxpayers from 90% to 95%.
We also should remember the 'benefit to the district' for board approved contracts has NEVER been identified.
The bottom line is it is the BOARD by their actions and inactions that are responsible for this increase.
State-aid does not drive up the spending.

Anonymous said...

I am he is redundant

Anonymous said...

Hubbard is probably just one of those old farts that doesn't even bother voting!. 6% is nothing; it is for the kids, after all!

Anonymous said...

Laugh or cry? A Greece school board member is quoted in today's Greece Post saying a reason SPENDING is going up 6% is because of state aid reductions. What in the hell does state aid have to do with SPENDING!?!

80% of school district spending is driven by school board decisions and has nothing to do with state aid or any other REVENUE source.

That is one school board member that is earning exactly what she is paid!

I think I'll cry!

Anonymous said...

Scats, your challenge to the Board is right on. Every person in the district has to live on their budget. When we have a cost increase, we face a decision. If we still want/need the higher cost item, we need to find something to eliminate from our budget. The Board needs to live under the same reality that we do.
Note to Board: You cannot continue to suck more financial resources from the taxpayers without providing something that adds educational value.

Anonymous said...

2;30's comments are exactly right.

That school board member makes no sence at all.
If these figures are what administration wants we need new administration and fast.

Anonymous said...

It's not clear from the Greece Post article who was saying state aid was a reason for the spending increase. It is clear that state aid came up in the conversation so someone does not uderstand the real issue.

I agree, the board has made the decisions that cause the spending increases; It is the board that needs to be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

The good news is that 6% will bring out the no voters

SCATS said...

To 12:28PM ~~ And the bad news is that if the BOE raises the income exemptions for seniors, it will NOT be calculated in any tax rate increase since ONLY most of us will be footing the bill for the "few", whether they are truly needy or not!

Charlie Hubbard said...

Just remember BAB (board approved bussing) and BAC (board approved contracts).
Keep that right out there - throw that at any and all board members everytime.
BAB and BAC = and no amount of BS will get them off the hook.

Anonymous said...

SCATS: 12:32 If we don't pay in the tax rate, who will pay? (and how?). Explain

SCATS said...

To 7:44AM ~~ How can you include an "extra $10/person" into a tax rate increase when only some people will be paying it?

Anonymous said...

With the economic conditions as they are ANY tax increase is unacceptable. Do what you have to do but NO MAS on more taxes.

Anonymous said...

Remind Frank and his liberal friends that those same "poor" retirees can get $500 from HEAP via RG&E for heating bills.

Some of that is also Tax money,

Anonymous said...

Frank should also remember those people can get a partially subsidized lunch at the Senior Center, too. And free transportation around town to go shopping.