(Editor’s note: This letter was circulated to members of the Levittown Property Owners Association this past week. It is printed here with permission. At their meeting on Tuesday, June 8, the LPOA voted unanimously to oppose the Levittown School District’s proposed budget.)
The Board of Directors of the Levittown Property Owners Association would like to present the following facts and ask these questions concerning the recently defeated Levittown School District budget. We had developed many more points of interest but decided that enumerating just a few would be better. Additional points and issues were discussed at the LPOA meeting on June 8.
Decades after his death, George Orwell remains relevant because he understood that totalitarianism is not a form of government like that he depicted in 1984 but a state of mind characterized by the politicization of all aspects of life. In the title year of that famous book, I purchased a copy of Strahler & Strahler’s Modern Physical Geography (John Wiley & Sons, 1983), which contains a 233-word disclaimer in its preface apologizing profusely for any wording that might be construed as sexist - shades of Comrade Parsons attempting to expunge obsolete phraseology from the Newspeak Dictionary.
Our counties on Long Island as well as the state are trying to cut back on certain expenses. It is very apparent that one of these areas is maintenance of our streets and roadways. Although initially the “un-mowed” grassy patches along the parkways and local roads looked unkempt, they’ve now reached an appropriate height and have a pleasant “island” look about them. I rather like seeing what now appears to be ornamental grass blowing in the breeze as I drive by. What I don’t appreciate seeing is all the trash strewn along our roads.
The second proposed budget for the Levittown School District would be a 30 percent decrease from 3.81 percent to a 2.63 percent tax levy increase. The district has reduced the tax levy by $1.4 million, taking $700,000 out of the budget. This may sound great but it doesn’t look at the big picture, which is the overall budget increase.
This second budget proposal decreases spending from $11,161,404 to $10,461,404. The average budget increase in Nassau County was 2.54 percent. The new proposed budget of $192,843,816 is a 5.7 percent increase. This is still the highest in Nassau County. Originally, in the first proposed budget the district was using $9 million in our unfunded reserves. This is money not spent from the previous year’s budget accumulated from revenue and expenditures. Now we will be using $9.7 million from this fund leaving a balance of $5.3 million.
After learning about the failure to pass the outrageous 6.12 percent budget in Levittown, I went to the district home page to find the following information. “At its May 26, 2010 meeting, the Board of Education will consider options pursuant to this budget vote. The options include: a) resubmitting the same budget to the voters of the district on June 15, 2010; b) resubmitting a reduced budget to the voters of the district on June 15, 2010; or c) forgoing a second budget vote, and adopting a contingency budget for the 2010-2011 school year.”
(This letter is in response to a column printed in the May 21, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law Reverberates Everywhere.”)
Having read Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s column on May 21 on Arizona’s new immigration law, I can only assume she has not read it, as our Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not, yet they all chase to comment on it.
I recently put forward legislation to create thousands of new jobs and to turn around the state’s economy. My “jobs plan” provides tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, eliminates the state corporate franchise tax for small businesses, and rolls back the personal income tax surcharge that hit small businesses last year.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
The Town of Hempstead is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Calendar Photograph Contest. Each year, the town produces a calendar, which is delivered to every resident.
What makes our calendar unique is that it includes photographs that are all taken by town residents. Friends and neighbors are asked to submit their own original photographs that depict a seasonal Town of Hempstead event, park, neighborhood or other inspiring subject matter. The pictures must be taken within our township.
Senator Kemp Hannon is hosting a Small Business Seminar on Thursday, May 20 at Levittown Hall located at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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