Did you know this about your school taxes?

How do your school taxes compare with the rate of inlation?

DID YOU KNOW:   From 2001 to 2011, school taxes in the Rocky Point School District have increased by 80 percent―as compared to the 27 percent rate of inflation over the same period. Remember that most of your school taxes go toward salaries and benefits. Over that time has your salary increased by almost three times the inflation rate? Have your benefits gone up? Has the value of your heavily taxed home gone up by that much?

 These figures are for the Rocky Point School District.  How does your district compare? Remember this on May 15th and vote no.

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Mary May 01, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Thanks Ernestine as always for bringing up what really the school budget is all about - Wish I would of seen your name for a candidate for the BOE :)
Ernestine Franco May 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thanks Mary. ALso in case you didn't see a comment I put up earlier to another of my own blogs: Today at 5:30 there is the Public Meeting for the Rrocky Point School Budget. I find it telling that this "public" meeting is being held at 5:30. I am not sure the Board actually wants the public to attend, otherwise they would have held it at their usualy meeting time of 7:00. But then they do seen to want to make it hard for us to kow what they are doing! We have to stay vigliante!
Mary May 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Hi Ernestine - I had thought the same thing about the timing of the meeting - I will be there this evening at 5:30 and hope others are able to attend as well -
Ernestine Franco May 01, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Great, Mary, would love to meet you!
AnotherLocalMom May 03, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Ernestine, I made it to this meeting--just barely. And I'm with you. I don't think the Board wanted the public there. They purposefully scheduled it so that most working people wouldn't be able to make it. I couldn't believe it when someone said that the difference between the current budget and the budget that would stay under the cap would be "only" about $80 to $100 for most people. I don't know if these figures are correct, but it doesn't matter. We need to look at the fact that there are increases year after year. It was heartening to hear several people express concerns about where things are going if we keep doing business as usual. I've said it beofre and I'll say it again. My child, who is graduating this year, will probably not be able to live here after he graduates. I don't know who the guy was who made the statement about the difference in the increase, but he had to be ateacher. Only a teacher could use the word "only" when talking about any increase in what to costs to live here.


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