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Letter: The Common Sense Track…

What motive would a Manhasset resident have for voting “yes” for the school budget?  Most certainly it is of the utmost importance to give our children the finest education to support their future in a very competitive world. Over 20 years ago my husband Dante and I purchased our home in Manhasset with the dream of raising our future family in a community that would provide the finest in education with neighbors possessing similar values. It never entered our minds that someday these dreams for our children would be challenged and perhaps compromised.  

Common sense tells me that our dreams do not reflect all of the community – some without the need to educate their children in the public school system, others without children to educate, and others who simply cannot afford the school taxes necessary to maintain the highest quality in education. What else may motivate a Manhasset homeowner to vote yes in the upcoming school budget vote?

The Washington Post ratings were released a couple of weeks ago, and we are ranked second of the Long Island schools behind Jericho. Jericho is No. 80 and we are No. 90.  Each and every homeowner benefits by having a school system ranked as high as this.

  This study clearly is a major motivation for home buyers with growing families when seeking a community to raise their children. Therefore, Manhasset homeowners, when selling their homes, continue to get top dollar due to our excellent schools and proximity to Manhattan. How could any taxpayer not want to protect their investment? So, there are no secrets to the formula here…If you want to live in a thriving community that ultimately will bring you the best return on your investment, you will support the school budget and vote yes…Common sense.

All Manhasset residents should understand that statistics can be skewed depending on the motivation of the presenter. Keep on the Common Sense Track.  Don’t let misrepresented statistics lead you in a direction that will result in throwing away what is critical to your future:  the well- being of our children and the value of your home.

How can we keep on the Common Sense Track?

Nursery school parents must vote yes for the school budget for their children’s future;

Private school parents must vote yes for the vibrance of the community in which they live and to protect their investment;

Seniors and empty nesters must vote yes to maintain the return on their investment upon retirement;

All parents must take charge and vote yes.  Be in control of your family’s future, pull the lever yourself and don’t leave voting just up to your neighbor…Take charge.  Be in control of your fiscal future, and do so in order to ascertain what’s best for your children and the community in which you live.

Please vote yes on Tuesday, May 21, at the Manhasset High School.

Seval M. LaRocca