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Letter: ‘Supermajority’ Budget Vote (March 22 issue)

Perspective is everything. This publication underscored with great emphasis Superintendent Cardillo’s viewpoint that a “supermajority” vote for a previously defeated budget means that 1,601 Manhasset residents voting in opposition could defeat a budget and compel a zero percent tax increase.

I disagree, and offer this alternative point of view. Adopting without argument the superintendent’s proffered members, a failure to achieve the supermajority means that the school authorities failed to convince an additional 798 voters that the subject budget and concomitant tax increase was worthy of their approval. This perspective is equally accurate and logical. Moreover, 798 votes is a lot of votes, especially in a community of our size.

It can also be gainsaid that a failure to reach supermajority means that sufficient voters approve a budget be stabilized at its current level of $77,842.136. Put more straightforwardly, the supermajority of voters thus concurs that nearly $78 million is plenty of money with which to educate our most precious resource – our children.

This is America, and the superintendent and the likeminded are certainly welcome to their perspective, as so highlighted by this publication. But their view is most certainly not the only perspective. Ultimately, the voters shall decide which perspective more closely meshes with reality.

Anthony Michael Sabino

A Manhasset resident