Monday, April 12, 2010

The 7.61% Tax Levy Increase CAN Be Lowered

  
But The Boily Bunch Refuses To Do It

Greece Central could "easily" and relatively painlessly lower the 7.6% tax levy increase by withdrawing $2 million from the "unappropriated fund balance" and applying it to the levy (in Aug. when the BOE officially sets the levy). Such a move would knock the levy increase down to a more palatable 5.6%.

Board member Frank Oberg advocated doing this several times but the Boily bunch refused to go along because the Supt. says no! Administration acknowledges that the district hasn't dipped into this reserve fund (savings account!) in years (I'm not sure we ever have). With 2.3% currently held in reserve, GCSD is well below the statutory limit (i.e. maximum) of holding 4% of the budget in reserve. 

Simply put, there's no reason to tax more than we need to against a "risk" that hasn't revealed itself in years. Even if the risk appears (and with all of the crazy stuff going on in Albany, maybe it could happen) the BOE has several options for handling a financial crisis. Now is not the time to be overly cautious.

It's annoying that our fellow Monroe County districts are "dipping into reserves" to alleviate inordinate tax increases as noted in recent newspaper articles. Greece seems to be the only district (so far) that has announced such a large levy increase. Maybe Greece prefers to be the only district where the budget goes down to defeat.
  

26 comments:

Charlie Hubbard said...

I would remind readers that when the state raised the limit school districts could hold taxpayers money in reserve from 2% to 4% one of the reasons identified as a reason to 'have' these funds was to alieviate a 'spike' in the tax rate.
Mr. Oberg is absolutly correct on this item. One of reasons given for not using it this year was a concern about 'next' year. This tells me either some board members have esp or there is solid evidence of state-aid cuts coming next year and THAT tells me some serious planning on spending should start asap.

Anonymous said...

I hear that the Federal money is gone after the next school year. That will be another $4M to consider.

Anonymous said...

Anything over 2% is too much.

Be sure to vet candidates on this budget issue. They may be our only hope for sanity!

Anonymous said...

Charlie Hubbard Rules! Is he running for the board?

SCATS said...

To 9:36AM ~~ Not that I've heard. Why not call him up and ask him to? Under 100 qualified signatures are needed so it wouldn't be that difficult to do.

SCATS said...

To 10:30PM ~~ I heard there is concern about that too. With such do-nothings on the BOE, next year the fun can really begin ;)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's elect a man that is a quitter, that will help!

SCATS said...

To 4:56PM ~~ Who are you talking about? Mr. Hubbard completed his last term on the BOE. Please TRY to keep up!

Anonymous said...

SCATS I may be wrong but I think hubbard may have resigned from the board to end his last term. Seems though it had something to do with tax surpluses not being returned to the taxpayers. I recall he wanted the money returned and the rest of the board laughed at the idea or something. Regardless, I think hubberd could improve this board just by showing up at meetings, at least then the rest of these boobs might be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

Hubbard spit on the vote that elected him by quitting mid-term. Oh yeah, he had already moved to Kendall.

Greece voters were too stupid to hold him accountable, so he was elected to another term in which he was largely ineffective.

Da facts are da facts.

SCATS said...

To 9:24PM & 10:24PM ~~ As far as I'm aware, Charlie Hubbard was elected TWICE to the Greece BOE. The second time was when he ran on the HMO ticket and he completed his term of office. "Da facts" are that he got elected again despite resigning early during his first term.

Anonymous said...

10:24 is right, hubbard was left largly ineffective. what 10:24 leaves out is that hubbard was ineffective due to the board majority that blocked his thoughts. of coarse that was the same board majority that helped the district to get to the wonderful position it finds itself in now.

SCATS said...

To 10:56PM ~~ I neither think nor agree that Charlie Hubbard "spit on the vote." 10:24 doesn't have his "facts" straight. Having said that, just as Moscato was left ineffective, so was Hubbard. It takes FIVE VOTES to accomplish anything on the Greece BOE.

SCATS said...

And one more thing ... Does anyone besides me think it's very odd that the Boily bunch worked so hard using the technicalities of Robert's Rules of Order to keep Joe Moscato quiet, but now they can't seem to get even the most basic rules applied correctly? Maybe Auberger isn't the only one with recall issues.

Anonymous said...

The facts are straight and true. Saying differently doesn't change them.

Hubbard spit on the vote of those who elected him to represent them through a complete a term.

Rumor has it that he moved OUT OF THE DISTRICT in the shadows of the night before grandstanding his alleged disgust and quitting the board (that he had no legal right to serve upon).

He knew the make up of the board before running. There is no excuse for being a "lone voice" against a majority.

He (and Moscato) spit in the face of every employee except their crony elementary teacher who they provided exclusive safe harbor to.

Despite having had inside information about "The JJ incident" he remained silent. He even ABSTAINED when JJ's termination was voted upon.

Well done, old chappy! When given the opportunity to show spine and conviction he chose to "take a pass".

The fact that he is held in such high regard on this blog (and by the Greece community in general) is beyond comprehension by outside observers.

Greece deserves what it gets in many ways. It is (and will continue to be) a laughing stock.

SCATS said...

To 6:08AM ~~ Yes, the FACTS ARE straight and true. However, your ranting is mostly opinion and a little bit of rumor (by your own admission) sprinkled in.

When you refer to yourself as an "outside observer" after complaining about how employees are dealt with in GCSD, it reminds me of Greece teachers who openly admit they would NEVER send their own children to a Greece school because of how bad things are. Then they go put on their union T-shirt to go picket the building before a day of teaching! They will take that paycheck the taxpayers provide, but do nothing to improve the schools. It kind of labels YOU as part of the problem, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

You are right scats about the use of the Roberts Rules. Even in congress they have to keep each other in check. If it does not behoove the Boily bunch to follow ,they won't. Then it is up to the other side to call them "out of order" or "point of clarification". It is a game down here in Greece and up there in Congress. Even with a parliamentarian to keep them in order, there could be bias.

SCATS said...

To 10:59AM ~~ It is my suggestion that the district clerk be made parliamentarian since that position stays filled by the same person for longer than 3 years (usually). Any opinion on that idea?

Anonymous said...

The clerk, although considered by law an employee of the board, has in Greece been an arm of the administration. She and her predecessor, have never helped when there was a dispute especially about open information. She would just shrug and say she had no choice but to do as the super and the board prez wanted. Your idea would be good if the clerk could be trusted to treat all the board members equally.

SCATS said...

To 3:50PM ~~ I agree that the clerk's track record goes with admin. What I was thinking though is that by appointing this person the parliamentarian, ONE individual lays down a track record that can act as precedent.

As they say, what's good for the goose is good for the gander ... and the opposition, too :)

Jeffrey Cagwin said...

This district needs to get rid of the "Boily Bunch". If HMO would have had the majority the outcome would have been better for the people of this district and the students we are trying to educate. We need to cut the spending that has nothing to do with the education of the students.

It seems that the current board is afraid to make any changes that the super does not like.

Have they forgot that He works for them. And that they work for us.

We would be lucky if we could talk Joe Moscato and Charlie Hubbard into running again.
We also could use someone like Jim Leary on this board.

Jeffrey Cagwin

SCATS said...

Jeffrey ~~ Re: "It seems that the current board is afraid to make any changes that the super does not like."

I disagree to the extent that the BOE smacked him silly after he TRIED to act like an honest to goodness Superintendent & fired the hockey coaches and eliminated West Ridge's kindergarten for 2010.

Moscato & Hubbard weren't perfect but they were far more honest than the group we've got now. They spend so much time trying to convince us of how transparent they are. Real transparency doesn't require that kind of time or energy ;)

Anonymous said...

If by saying my "ranting was mostly opinion" SCATS means that the posting is one of the few passionately conveyed and factual items expressed on the blog, then SCATS is a rhetorical genius and keen observer.

SCATS said...

To 10:50PM ~~ Passionately conveyed? Yes. Factual? Hardly. You base your "facts" on something you already said was rumored and then try to state it as a legal issue. Clever, but you won't get a pass on that here.

Again, you wrote mostly opinion, your opinion of what someone else's actions meant ... to YOU.

Anonymous said...

Scats I think 6:08 could be a former board member . The writing is succinct but there is a hint of jealousy at the high regard we place in Hubbard. He is a popular likable guy and this former board member may be a little hurt. Could be any of the guys that were president. There are a few of them that follow this.

SCATS said...

To 1:51PM ~~ It could even be a former BOE Prez who is still on the current BOE ;)

By the way, while one must reside in the district to get elected, I've been unable to locate anything that says one must remain a resident through their entire term of office. Anyway, people resign from elected offices almost weekly, especially here in NY state where sexual escapades keep the revolving door of govt well-worn!