Tonawanda News

Opinion

May 19, 2013

OUR VIEW: Local school budgets deserve passage

Tonawanda News — This Tuesday, voters across the state will head to the polls in fewer numbers than just about any election there is — and yet to make a decision that is arguably more important than who fills any political seat.

School budgets will go before voters to receive a thumbs up or an order to return to the drawing board to draft a more austere spending plan to govern our community’s districts in the coming year.

In each of the three districts encompassing the Tonawandas, we urge voters to give the plans a stamp of approval.

Some details:

• Ken-Ton voters have the largest tax levy increase to swallow, but given the amount that’s been cut in previous years, we don’t see any fat left to trim in what is a consistently well-run school system.

Board members are facing tough decisions and will soon address the unnecessary space it currently has by closing one or more schools. It will be a difficult and painful decision — as they have proven in the past.

The amount of money the district is asking of taxpayers is going up by 4.66 percent but it’s a worthy expenditure and voters should feel confident the increase is as small as it can be without proving disruptive to children’s education.

• In North Tonawanda, voters will cast judgment on a spending plan that came together much easier than in recent years.

For this, we are all grateful.

There are some cuts including some teaching positions but a relatively tame budget year should give voters peace of mind Lumber City schools will be able to meet challenges without as much pain as in recent years.

Taxpayers should be able to adjust to a 2.56 percent tax levy increase — about half what was allowable under the state’s property tax cap calculation for the district — without significant problems.

Text Only
Opinion
  • tucker, barb.jpg Make your house number visible

    August 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: The greatest luxury: peace, quiet It is not difficult, for anyone with the intent, to know more about you than you think they should. Every step of yours involving interactive technology can be molded into a picture of how you spend your time, money and thought.

    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo