Sunday, July 31, 2011

How The Tax Cap Will Crush GCSD's Budget

  
Pay raises for union staff, benefits cost increases, and higher prices for fuel and for special education services next year will tack at least $7.5 million on Greece's current $197.6 million budget.

That's without adding a single program or service for students.

Under the tax cap, the district won't be able to raise taxes by more than about $1.9 million — an amount roughly equivalent to the state-mandated increase in Greece's contributions to its employee pension system.

"We need to look at ways to do all of our programs well, but more strategically and creatively. It's important for people not to just give up and say, 'We don't have the money, so we can't do that.' We will have to look at what creative ways we can use to get the best programs we can for our kids." ~~ Supt. Deane-Williams ( D&C )
  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Close unneeded schools, reduce "extra pay" positions for teachers, give the union the option of total raises (steps plus increases) to COL or 2%, like the budget, or face reductions in workforce, eliminate unproductive field trips.

Anonymous said...

Julia said regarding closing one school: "make sure we have the community with us along the way"... schools should have been closed already. Please do not close schools based on who whines the least! Administration should make recommendations based on facts and the BOE should follow those recommendations. "The Community" has no choice anymore! The district's failure to act in the last couple of years has screwed the kids in Greece! More than one school needs to go- ASAP! Even if teachers make huge concessions, we still would need to close schools.

SCATS said...

To 9:38AM ~~ You are absolutely correct! Trying to get the community on board is ridiculous now that the community has been taught to sob into open mics. We MUST close several schools at this point. My guess would be 3-4 with at least 2 of them elementary schools.

Anonymous said...

Scats; it is my understanding this budget does not include building repair costs or money to buy busses and that separate vote is coming this fall.
Is that your understanding? If schools are closed new busses would not be necessary right?

Anonymous said...

You are right Scats. Closing one school doesn't eliminate all the costly redundancy/ The paper indicated we maxed out about 14,000. I think it was close to 2000 about 14,000. Let's split the difference and say we have excess capacity for 3000 students. That's almost 25% extra! Can you imagine how long a Wegmans manager would have their job if they had 25% of their shelves empty, just in case?

SCATS said...

To 12:20PM ~~ Yes, they are planning to hold another vote lateer this year. Your point about the buses is well made. I'm wondering if it will EVER occur to any of them. It might be fun to wait & see ;)

To 12:29PM ~~ I like your comparison! Very timely!

Anonymous said...

How many votes are districts entitled to in order to thwart the rules. Methinks this would be like allowing extra time in sporting games if we don;t like the outcome. We just keep playing until we win.

SCATS said...

To 3:51PM ~~ Just two on a budget vote, like before, as far as I'm aware. I don't see them letting us revote anything since they can just go to contingency and do better without risk, most of the time.

Anonymous said...

Scats; the recommendations by Mr. O'Roark that was taken off the June agenda been dealt with?

Anonymous said...

SCATS I believe you are wrong they can revote the budget but if it doenst pass it reverts to the previous year budget under the new 2% tax cap law

SCATS said...

To 9:24PM ~~ Not yet.

To 9:31PM ~~ Like I said, they get TWO shots at it to make it a "go". Isn't that what you are saying as well?

Anonymous said...

It's two times to vote, but if the budget fails twice, the district can't raise the tax levy at all. The contingency budget levy would be exactly the same as the prior year.

Anonymous said...

D&C reports that the BOE will ask for $35.3 M to repair the schools. Shouldn't we know which buildings are to be closed before we can possibly vote on what to repair and how much to spend?

SCATS said...

To 7:06AM ~~ Your question is logical & requires common sense. Both of those are in desperately short supply!

Anonymous said...

To the comment on voter approval, it also requires 50% voters ( total that vote) approving to pass the 2% and 60% to increase over 2%