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Question of the Day: How Do You Feel About The School Budget Passing?

Now that the polls have closed, what is your reaction to the outcome of Tuesday's vote?

Hauppauge voters approved the district's $97.2 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year on Tuesday by a vote of 1703 to 1085, while incumbents Susan Hodosky and Pat Lesser were re-elected to the Board of Education.

The school budget passed by a comfortable margin, 61 percent voting yes to 39 percent against, which some have remarked is a larger margin than in recent years.

Our Question of the Day asks: How do you feel now that the school budget has passed? Are you pleased by the results of the election? Do you still feel there are issues that need to be addressed?


Jean Solheim May 18, 2011 at 01:42 PM
What choices did we have - vote down the budget get hit with taxes 3 times higher than passing it. It's not approval - it's that your hands are tied!
Jonathan Vecchi May 18, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I have mixed feelings. I just feel that funds could be better appropriated to avoid the higher taxes
Joe the taxpayer May 18, 2011 at 03:43 PM
It feels like people are just giving up and accepting the fact that the system is spiraling out of control and there is no remedy in sight. Another tax raise, let it be school - library- state - Lipa and yes even water equates to more elderly residents forced to leave and restricting young new homebuyers from moving in. This scenario provides less available tax payers (revenue to the town) which forces those who stay here in Hauppauge/Islip/suffolk county and NYS to get an automatic increase in tax because the pie is being split up into less pieces. I mean really.... Hauppauge wants to put up a 10,000,000 MILLION DOLLAR "Library" ! Will this attract or distract additional taxpayers ? Cmon.
Sara Walsh (Editor) May 18, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Jonathan, Are there any specific areas you would like to see more funding appropriated to? Where in the budget would the money come from?
Concerned about our community May 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM
I see that you also posted the same comment to the Kings Park Patch site. Perhaps that was the case in Kings Park. Had the Hauppauge School District budget been forced into Contingency the tax levy increase would have been below 3% as opposed to the 3.46% tax levy increase under the newly approved budget. Not three times higher but actually lower. Rational taxpayers in Hauppuage passed the budget because it was the best way to serve our children in the current economy.

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