Tonawanda News


May 19, 2013

OUR VIEW: Local school budgets deserve passage


Tonawanda News — • The City of Tonawanda has proved the most controversial when spending matters are concerned, with a capital project, approved last year, that proved impossible to execute as originally advertised.

We hope voters don’t have buyers remorse and take it out on a school district that, like its counterparts, is in need of proper funding.

The tax levy in the city is going up 3.2 percent.

While we hope residents turn out to make their feelings known, we would be remiss without mentioning a troubling story appearing in today’s newspaper.

All three districts were forced to dip into rainy day funds to balance the books. Not any different than a household budget, savings intended as a buffer against unforeseen expenses shouldn’t be used to pay the bills.

If reserve funds continue to be used at the present rate, the districts would be in the red in about five years. 

If you’re a taxpayer irked by having to absorb yet another increase, direct your misgivings where they belong: At the state level where legislators seem incapable of reigning in their desire to force local school districts to provide more services without offering any help in paying for them.

Thankfully, all three of our districts avoided a true financial emergency this year but there lies trouble in the offing if Albany doesn’t offer mandate relief and allow schools greater flexibility to decide what expenses are essential and which can hit the cutting room floor.

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