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Poll: Nearly 30% Say No Sachem Tax Increase

A recent Sachem Patch survey reveals 47% willing to go above tax cap to reduce cuts in programs.

A recent poll conducted by Sachem Patch revealed that a little less than half of respondents support the Sachem School District going above the 4.7% tax cap in next year's budget, and nearly 30% are calling out for a zero tax increase.

The poll was split fairly evenly among four scenarios, ranging from a full 16% tax hike, to an 8% increase, to the 4% under cap, to zero percent hike. According to the relatively small sample (77 respondents at print time), 29% voted against any tax increases, despite the looming $26 million in cuts the district would have to make.

Meanwhile, 32% voted in favor of the full 16% hike in taxes, a measure that would essentially allow the district to roll out its budget untouched. Another 15% voted to split the difference and introduce an 8% increase. Both scenarios would need a supermajority 60% vote approval because they would both blow the top off of the state mandated tax cap.  

In total 69% of the poll respondents recognized the need for some tax increase.

Last night, the Sachem Board of Education asked Associate Superintendent Bruce Singer to put together a budget outlook that would reflect an 11% increase for the next board meeting. In the meantime, a bus full of Sachem advocates are in Albany today petitioning for greater state aid to the district to help alleviate the tax levy or force the district to make drastic cuts in services.

Maddie Speth February 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Very interesting
Sharon A. February 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
15000 students and i'm reading pole results from 77 people ...clearing not realistic
Sharon A. February 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM
clearly
Matthew McGevna (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I agree with the low number...a survey can only be as strong as the amount of respondents. However, you'd be surprised in educational research what counts as a representative sample. That said, it would have been nice to get at least 1000 respondents. But I'd like to thank all those that participated. Any for the record, the poll is still open.
Allen Wone March 01, 2013 at 12:41 AM
you are skewing the stats on your reporting because an almost equal amount of people support 16% tax increase
lara buscatelli March 01, 2013 at 01:50 AM
If by your title, 30% say no to Sachem tax increase, then 70% say yes to a tax increase. Why didn't you put that as your title?
Denise March 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Yes you could have easily have said 47% or almost half were ok with an 8% or higher increase. It would be great if they published on line the full list of expenditures for the district so the community can know where all the money is really going. How can we make desicions without knowing "all" the facts! Plus we not only need to get more from NY State this year but they still owe us money from last year. Governor Cuomo send us more money!
Matthew McGevna (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Not a deliberate skew for any particular reason other than I found it interesting that 30% of the voters are willing to see $26 million in cuts. I thought I covered the other points in the story here: "Meanwhile, 32% voted in favor of the full 16% hike in taxes, a measure that would essentially allow the district to roll out its budget untouched." and here: "In total 69% of the poll respondents recognized the need for some tax increase." and my subheading reads: "A recent Sachem Patch survey reveals 47% willing to go above tax cap to reduce cuts in programs."
JGJR March 04, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It is unfortunate that we find ourselves at this crossroads again. Here we argue over the meaning of an arbitrary heading of a column posted, but what you all seem to miss is that it really doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what you call it, someone else sees it from another perspective, has another agenda, however you like to color it, that is the reality. The school board will tell you one thing, the teachers union will tell something else, everyone has an angle, their own vested interest. I truly believe the the common taxpayer does not have an issue with an annual 1-2% increase, I personally, think it is reasonable. However, since I moved here in the early 90s, my school portion of my tax burden (burden is a word i would like to use lightly) has increased from a simple $1900/year to over $7000/year. Tax increases varying from the occasional 0.3% in the late 90s, we had a 18% hike in '94 era and a 14.1% in 2000. Not to mention a spattering of 3.6 to 6.1% up and down the last two decades, not to forget last year's 9.9%. The unnecessary spending needs to stop because at this rate, the only vote that will matter is the one is the board room at the bank... when the bank votes to foreclose on your house since you cannot pay your mortgage (or your tax lien).
frank accardi March 05, 2013 at 02:55 AM
these teachers are all crazy where does it end ,,i bought my house in 2001 my taxes have gone up 4000 they built a middle school that they didnt need with a empty 3rd floor it has to stop somewhere or we will all leave,,the spending doesnt stop
frank accardi March 05, 2013 at 03:01 AM
let me ask you this where will i taxes be in 10 more years
cathie vacanti April 11, 2013 at 09:08 PM
No tax increase...let's be reasonable now'

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