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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
March 7-13
Letters to the editor

Don’t count on my budget vote

To the Editor:

I read with interest the Herald’s piece “RVC schools preview 2013-14 budget” (Feb. 14-20). I also read with interest Dr. William Johnson’s cavalier comment that he is “absolutely confident that the community will agree and be able to work with the numbers we present and pass the budget in May.” Really? Not so fast, sir.  Don’t count on my vote. 

We have reached the point where, for me, school taxes here are prohibitive. I have no children in school and, unfortunately, my children never attended RVC schools. While I understand that, in part, a good school district helps bolster home values, I also know that there are only so many of my precious retirement dollars that I am willing to spend on school taxes. My home is already worth $200,000 less than what I paid for it in 2004. I am close to just packing it in and leaving the area. And I know I am not alone.

If you cannot find places to cut fat, reduce programs where necessary, trim your own fat paycheck and eliminate having us taxpayers pick up the tab on such absurd things as your car insurance, we will simply vote “no” on the budget. I will vote “no” over and over until you resubmit something that makes sense. And if you don’t, and our taxes go up yet again, you will force people to move. And given the economic climate, don’t be so sure others can afford to move in and take our place. Then where will you be?   

Enough is enough. 

Ted D. Gluckman

Rockville Centre

Many reasons to pass the bond

To the Editor:

We are writing in support of the school bond and would like to urge the community of Rockville Centre to vote “yes” as well. 

We understand that this bond is a financial burden to each and every taxpayer, but it is one that needs to be addressed. We, as a community, can no longer ignore and flat-out refuse to address the needs of our antiquated school buildings and facilities. 

Ask yourself the follow questions. If you can answer “yes” to any one of them, then you should feel compelled to vote in a similar way for the bond. 

1) Do you feel the value of your home is directly tied to the school district?

2) If you were selling your home tomorrow, would the RVC school district be one of your top selling points?

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