There is misinformation being passed around regarding the East Ramapo School Budget.
The following are just the facts why you should Vote YES on passing the School Budget 2014-2015. The Governor has instituted a Tax Cap and if the district is able to stay tax compliant it will net a zero tax increase for Star eligible homeowners.
East Ramapo School district is suffering because of the current state aid formula that doesn’t take into account the 21,000+ private school students. The district is losing approx 40 million dollars per year in state aid. Legislators in NY state are looking into possibly changing this formula which would being back programs for the public schools and stabilize taxes for years. If the budget is not passed this will have a negative effect on this effort.
If the budget fails, there will have to be painful cuts that the district never saw before, which will result in tremendous strife and a huge Chillul Hashem. East Ramapo has already cut hundreds of positions and had consecutive low budgets for years. Voting no when there is virtually no tax increase will send shock waves throughout the state and will a have a huge negative impact on our community.
Important information to note about the budget being voted on:
1) It is under the tax cap established by NY state.
2) While taxes will increase slightly, the state will refund the ENTIRE increase to all STAR eligible individuals – this means that for this year the net effect is a 0% increase. (See the attached slide for an illustration)
3) There are no service or staff reductions in the proposed budget. Services will remain at exactly the level they are currently. If the budget is not passed there will be detrimental cuts to the schools.
4) There is no opposition for the School Board candidates so please choose the names you see on the ballots.
If you are unsure where to vote, click on this link HERE:
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Any information mentioned above, can be confirmed by the East Ramapo School district or by any of the current School board members. You can reach the district at 845-577-6000.
Polls are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Your vote is important so please make it count – YES
Eli Wiener – Monsey
NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of YWN.