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Under the current law, if I vote "yes"

Under the current law, if I vote "yes" on a tax levy proposal that exceeds the arbitrarily established cap, my vote is worth only two-thirds that of a "no" voter. In other words, when it comes to the tax cap, 41 percent beats 59 percent. How is this possible? In what other public vote does the minority prevail over the majority? (Jan. 13, 2013) (Credit: Istock)

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The letter writer can rail against New York State United Teachers all he wants, but the truth is that NYSUT's opposition to the tax-cap law is based largely on its inherently undemocratic and unconstitutional nature ["Teachers union is making LI costly," March 7].

In August 2011, the proposal to build a publicly financed replacement for the Nassau Coliseum failed by 57 percent to 43 percent. Although I supported and voted for the proposal, I accept that the majority "no" vote meant no new Coliseum.

However, that is not the way the tax cap works. Under the current law, if I vote "yes" on a tax levy proposal that exceeds the arbitrarily established cap, my vote is worth only two-thirds that of a "no" voter. In other words, when it comes to the tax cap, 41 percent beats 59 percent. How is this possible? In what other public vote does the minority prevail over the majority?

How would the Coliseum opponents have felt if the measure had been declared to pass with only 43 percent support? They would have been outraged.

My "yes" vote on a school tax levy proposal should mean the same as someone else's "no" vote. I defy anyone to explain to me why it shouldn't.

Frederic Stark, Oceanside

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association, and secretary of NYSUT Election District 18.

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