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Letters: Lawsuit over property tax cap

Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT president, gets the crowd going

Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT president, gets the crowd going during an education rally to protest against proposed cuts in state education funding at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (March 22, 2011) Credit: Lori Van Buren/Times Union

The state's teachers union is going to challenge the new property tax cap ["Teachers vs. tax cap," News, Sept. 29]? The teachers claim it hurts the poorest school districts, and they feel the voting is flawed.

Even before the tax cap, the voting was flawed. There should be only one vote for the school budget, not two.

The union speaks about poor school districts, but they fail to mention pay and the perks of administrators.

The tax cap should just be the starting point of what is needed to get all of this under control. Why can't teachers become state employees to lessen the burden on the budgets? Why can't we consolidate the business portion of the schools? How about one superintendent for Nassau County and one for Suffolk?

People, young and old, and businesses can no longer afford this burden of tax increases year after year.

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

The teachers union should be careful with this lawsuit. This is in essence a court case against every property owner. Learning how to control costs is what is needed.

The teachers' salaries aren't the issue. It is the number of administrators and their excessive salaries, the number of school districts, the double-dipping and the minuscule amount that union members pay toward their health insurance, pensions and other exorbitant benefits.

The middle class cannot print more money to feed the educational-industrial complex.

The taxpayers' share should be determined by the number of children in a home. The more children, the more you should pay.

Frank DelliSanti, Deer Park

Unfortunately, the teachers unions are our enemy. When the unions don't get the huge increases they demand, they simply endorse their own candidates for the school board. They know they can't lose, because they are generally the only organization in the school district with the money and numbers to swing the election.

The only way to fight back is to vote against union-endorsed candidates. They are acting unethically by accepting the endorsement of a group whose demands they will have to vote on.

Irving Gerber, East Meadow

Editor's note: The writer is the director of an anti-tax group called No More: The Fair Tax Organization.