Budget a waiting game for West Hempstead schools
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Hogan said that the West Hempstead community has been good to the schools, and remains supportive. “The community recognizes that we are the largest business in town, with more than 400 employees, and we are doing the best for the boys and girls in our care,” he said. “We realize the challenges that the taxpayers face, with many of them out of work or working part-time. We don’t want to put a higher tax burden on them.”
“We are accountable to them to be fiscally reliable, and we do that,” Cunningham said. “We spend to within 1 percent of our budget, and that is really being accountable for the money we’re given.”
Hogan said he hopes the State Legislature comes to an agreement on the budget this week in order to end the waiting game. He said he expects that the county will appeal the tax certiorari issue to a higher court, and that will play out over the next year or so.
The Board of Education will meet on April 2 to finalize the district spending plan, which must be finalized by April 16. Residents will vote on the budget on May 21.