Letter: Tipping the school voting scales

Under the current law, if I vote

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) Photo Credit: Istock

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One letter writer is dismayed that it takes a 60 percent supermajority to exceed a school district's tax cap ["School vote -- and taxes," May 25]. He points out that even if half of voters approve exceeding the cap, their district's budget would fail.

He interprets this as favorable votes counting for less. Using this logic, can he explain why, if more than half the voters vote against a budget, that budget can be submitted for a second vote?

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Do the "no" votes in this situation count for anything? Is there any other election in this country in which the people in power can call a do-over?

This is just another example of how the school districts have stacked the deck heavily in their favor.

Albert Gambino, Garden City South


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