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Fonda-Fultonville budget unacceptable

May 20, 2013
The Leader Herald

Here we go again. Another year, another 4.5 percent proposed tax increase for property owners in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. Even after the state coughed up an extra $978,000, the board still can't resist the urge to raise our taxes yet again. If your home is assessed at $150,000, your tax burden will increase by roughly $110 this year. After last year's disastrous budget that required $500,000 in cuts to be made midyear, pardon me if I'm skeptical of the way the board and financial officer manage our school's business. The fact that over the past six years or so the FFCS board has managed to blow a $1 million fund balance and turn it into a $240,000 deficit should give all taxpayers little confidence in the district's financial stability going forward. Every year, we hear the same sob stories from the superintendent and school board: It's the state's fault, we had unexpected costs associated to retirees' health care, our enrollment has fallen, to name a few. I know that I'm not alone in saying enough is enough.



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