This is the complete text of a letter sent to state Sen. Hugh Farley:
The tax cap imposed upon school districts is creating enormous repercussions with the majority of those institutions which are being forced to cut numerous vital school programs because they are confined to be heavily dependent upon rather limited public-generated tax revenues.
While fundraising endeavors do help bring in increased cash flows, a suggestion has been circulating that the state should consider offering a "matching funds" proposition to all school benefactor groups involved with fundraising. Such a proposal would definitely encourage increased participation in such events by everyone concerned.
For example, should a local fundraiser being held on behalf of a school district experience a return of $5,000, $7,000 or $10,000, the state can be expected to match whatever amount is collected.
I realize with the current economic obstacles confronting the state's coffers, ready cash is not easily obtainable. But, with such a cooperative partnership arrangement in operation as described here, the effort would eventually prove to be most beneficial.