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Letter: Rentals not a burden on schools

This Dix Hills home is listed for $2.249

This Dix Hills home is listed for $2.249 million. Photo Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

In "New drive for affordable rentals" [News, July 7], Newsday quotes Sheila Saks, the former president of the House Beautiful Civic Association in Dix Hills, saying she fears longtime homeowners will end up paying school taxes for children who live in the affordable rentals.

Saks and leaders of other local civic groups have consistently opposed affordable housing in Dix Hills, thereby contributing to an actual decline in student enrollment that forced the closing of two elementary schools this year.

Unfortunately, their fear of children has been misplaced. Studies, including one by the Long Island Association, have demonstrated that affordable rental apartments, usually occupied by young couples, single people and senior citizens, do not generate many children and tend to be tax-positive for school districts.

Elizabeth Hubbard, Huntington

Editor's note: The writer is the treasurer of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition, which advocates for affordable housing.
 

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