Letter: Sachem budget not believable

Sachem High School North, 212 Smith Rd., Lake Sachem High School North, 212 Smith Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma. (May 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino

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As a 40-year resident of the Sachem school district, I am disappointed by the school board ["Districts to put up revised budgets," News, June 4]. After exceeding the tax cap last year, the board proposed to exceed it again in May.

The reality of the past five years of a struggling economy for most people has been lost careers, reduced workweeks, reduced salaries and extended unemployment. During this time, the school board has negotiated salary increases of 3 percent and higher.

The budget that failed would have raised my school tax from $5,500 to more than $6,000. Who in his or her right mind could even propose such a budget?

Now the district posts a new proposal that meets the tax cap without reducing sports, music, cheerleading or Arrowettes. I cannot help but believe that the district tried to scare people whose children would be affected by the cuts to vote to exceed the cap.

Had this current proposal been presented alongside exceeding the cap in May, I seriously doubt the proposed budget would have gotten the 54 percent vote that it received.

Frank Conroy, Holtsville

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