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Letter: Off-season school bond referendums

A budget vote reminder sits on the Belmont

A budget vote reminder sits on the Belmont Elementary School property in West Babylon on May 19, 2014. Credit: Johnny Milano

Finally, people are paying attention to the lack of transparency when school districts hold bond votes on varying dates, rather than during the May school budget vote or the November general election [" 'Random' bond votes at issue," News, March 9, and "Bill seeks single-day bond vote," News, March 10.]

I'm grateful to state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) for drafting legislation to hold bond votes in conjunction with school budget or general election ballots.

On Nov. 18, the Middle Country School District held a vote on a $125 million bond. I live in this district, but near the border of the Comsewogue School District. I asked Middle Country to put my name on its list for personal mailings. My neighbors don't receive the mailings, but we all receive mailings from Comsewogue. We're more informed about Comsewogue than Middle Country.

I wonder whether there are many more taxpayers across Long Island who don't receive mailings and are unaware of upcoming votes. Middle Country's bond proposal was approved by a sad margin of 10 votes.

Patricia Castiglione, Port Jefferson Station