PCS asking less than 50 cents a day
To the Editor,
Would you be willing to pledge an extra dollar a day for the education of our children?How about 50 cents?
Currently, the Potsdam School Board is asking for a lot less than that. The proposed increase of roughly 4 percent would mean an additional 20 cents a day for my family — a measly $63 for the year. About the same amount it costs our family to go a Clarkson Hockey game or a night out to dinner.
Though it’s true that homes assessed at $200,000 would be double that, it’s still less than an extra 50 cents a day — for our children.
Every 1 percent increase in the tax rate for Potsdam equals an additional $106,000 in revenue. In other words, a 6 percent tax increase (less than 30 cents a day for most Potsdam taxpayers) would save about 2 1/2 teachers. An 8 percent increase (37¢) would save five.
Although I’m disappointed by the lack of leadership from the state, I am willing to sacrifice during these difficult times. I would ask the Potsdam School Board to give the taxpayers the chance to step up to the plate. I would ask that they reconsider some of the cuts, and allow those of us who wish to support the budget the chance to rally to the cause.
Potsdam has a long history of supporting its schools — including tax increases of 7percent and more. I write to request that the school board give us a chance to show that support this year for the first round of voting on May 17th. If those of us who support our schools are not successful, then the Board has the option of revising the budget and putting it up for a second vote.
It’s pledge week for our public schools. Please let our school board and other elected officials know how you feel and encourage them to allow us the choice.