District was not transparent about budget and taxes
The Broadalbin Perth Central School District has a budget vote on June 9. That school district mailed out a Special Budget Edition of their Patriot Press newsletter to the residence of that school district. In that news letter, the headlines stated “Proposed budget down $2.2 million” and it further stated “tax rates expected to decline.” Both give the illusion that the taxpayer will be saving money for the 2020-21 school year.
Well not so fast.
After reading between the lines one can see that in the projected revenues, New York state will be paying $2,680,845 less to B-P for 2020-21 than they did in 2019-20. More importantly the B-P school taxpayers will have to pay $584,705 more for 2020-21 than they did in 2019-20.
The truth is taxpayers in the B-P school district will again pay more taxes even though the school is disguising the tax increase by selling a budget decrease of $2.2 million and a tax rate decline.
My response to the B-P school administration and board, is that they need to be more forthright with the taxpayers on increasing our taxes, and until them, I personally will vote no for the proposed BP 2020-21 school budget on June 9.
THOMAS F. CAMPANILE, JR.