Do you support the Senate plan to allow districts to eliminate the school property tax for primary homeowners, replacing it with additional state funding?
How did you cast your ballot last month in your district’s school budget vote?*
44% Did not vote
31% Voted to approve budget
25% Voted to reject the budget
* Excludes city of Rochester respondents, who do not vote directly on school budgets.
Poll conducted 6/18 – 6/19/07
Our property taxes are the highest in the country-reduce the tax levy and property values will increase. Other regions in the country are having test scores go up and yet don’t have the size budgets as our schools do. They have become fat in cash and have accepted lower standards. School officials need to be on a tight budget and held accountable!
This is the same absurd plan proposed in Florida and simply represents an attempt by state legislators to gain control of school monies and programs. Florida has proposing raising the sales tax by 1.75 to 2 percent to fund this change. Where will the money come from in New York State? Beware of programs that look like a free ride for taxpayers.
6/22/2007 (C) Rochester Business Journal