Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Coincidental?

  
Greece Central School District's 

Spending Plan

To Hike Taxes 7.61%
(If adopted unchanged)

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Greece Chamber of Commerce
To Offer
   
Public Access Defibrillation Program
   
         

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your not serious about the tax increase?

SCATS said...

To 3:55PM ~~ I'm DEAD SERIOUS about the tax increase! And that won't include any added future taxes if the bus proposition passes. It also does NOT include the extra tax for most from when the BOE raised the income limit on Enhanced STAR that we'll all be eating. Nor does it include the extra the Town of Greece will get via hiked assessments!

Anonymous said...

I hope your readers know that they will experience a tax increase even if the school budget does not pass.

SCATS said...

To 5:45PM ~~ I hope so too! But I don't want to discourage them from going out to vote. We need to make sure that Boily's boys don't get in and decide to keep Achramovitch around ;)

Anonymous said...

A little perspective please. we've had no tax increases for a couple years now (something no other district can say) and now yes, we're looking at a 7% increase. Whats that average out to? 2.5%. Lots of districts would kill to be looking at 2.5% average over 3 years.

Anonymous said...

7:56 our taxes have increased by $200 from 2008 to 2009 and out assessment has only now increased. So add a 7% assessment increase with the tax increase, please.

And 5:45 our taxes will increase even more if the budget passes.

Vote No. And keep doing that until the board leadership grows something and refuses to give raises to anyone.

Anonymous said...

As a parent that historically has voted YES I will be voting NO. Greece is not the boom town it once was and we have NO MONEY. The board needs to grow a pair and address the benefits/retirement issues. Fire all the teachers just like in RI. The union does not want to negotiate a FAIR and LIVING total WAGE package based on TODAY's economy let them all go! Yes I will be sad as my kids have had great teachers, however they have many more years of education ahead and folk the money is gone, the education is not top notch and it is time to acknowledge the facts, more money does not make a better student! I will vote NO!

SCATS said...

The BOE just split their vote (5 to 4) in favor of the budget adoption with the 7.61% tax levy increase. A new BLOG was just posted.

SCATS said...

To 7:56PM ~~ It's closer to being 8% than 7%! And my taxes went up over the last few years, too.

To 8:03PM ~~ Don't forget, the BOE already raised your taxes earlier this year by raising the income levels allowed for enhanced STAR recipients.

To 8:37PM ~~ Under Tydings "leadership" (it pains me to use that word in reference to him!), the BOE can't grow a pair because THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BOE MEETING ROOM! Tydings refused to enforce district policies throughout the first hour of tonight's meetings! If he won't enforce policy HE HIMSELF helped craft, then how are you going to expect him to buck any union member??

Anonymous said...

To 8:37 You should really think before you write such ridiculous statements. GTA can not be blamed for all that has gone wrong in the Greece community. Many GTA members are also greece residents so they benefit your community in more ways than just working in your schools.

SCATS said...

To 5:19PM ~~ I don't think 8:37PM blamed GTA for everything that has gone wrong in the community. However, with 1100+ employees in the schools (more than any other group) and with the preponderance of the budget supporting their wages & benefits, it's fairly safe to say they, GTA, are responsible for much of GCSD's failings!

Anonymous said...

The preponderance of all school budgets is teacher salary and benefits. This is not unique to Greece Central. We are one of the largest school districts in NY so of course we have 1100+ teachers. And for every bad teacher, there is a bad administrator who either turned a blind eye, did not document accurately, or who could have cared less about what was going on in his or her classrooms. It is not impossible to fire a bad teacher or to at least make their lives a living hell so they want to quit. GASA deserves some blame as well!

SCATS said...

To 5:33PM ~~ You made a completely absurd statement when you said:
"It is not impossible to fire a bad teacher or to at least make their lives a living hell so they want to quit."

As I recall, the 3020A laws require a monumental effort and huge expenditure to remove a tenured teacher in this state! In fact, few district's pursue this because it is an onerous task. Also, I believe we had a number of EEOC complaints that also cost the taxpayers very dearly because a certain former Supt. attempted to make a few bad apples "so they want to quit."

For every bad teacher in Greece there are 5 who turn a blind eye to their colleague's incompetance. With a loss of some 2000 students in the last decade, we need to trim the number of teachers equally. Seems to me the time is right. Care to volunteer to "retire?"

Anonymous said...

Scats at 6:21 "incompetance".

You never make a mistake like this. It is in the "commonly misspelled words" list that we all know about who value correct spelling. And you do usually. You have a partner! That's good. We are all on "team scats" :)
Keep up the good work.

SCATS said...

To 12:40PM ~~ You caught me. I always have to look up certain words. That's one of them. When I'm rushed, you'll see those kinds of mistakes because AOL doesn't support the spell check for Blogger, so I usually have to either cut & paste what I write into a different program (I seldom use this method) or look up the individual words to correct them before posting. It's a PITA to do, but I DO value spelling, grammar & punctuation. Thank you ;)