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May 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 19, 2013

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I have coached youth baseball for years and currently coach the AuSable Valley junior varsity baseball team. I volunteer at the school regularly and chaperon elementary school trips. This has helped me get to know many teachers, coaches and administrators.

Our children’s education is of the utmost importance. That being said, it is also important to realize the average taxpayer can only absorb so much of the financial burden. I believe spending can be reduced and taxes held to a minimum through proper management and asset utilization.

I feel my leadership experience and education allow me to tackle the tough issues and be an advocate for students and taxpayers alike.

If elected, I will ask questions, bring your concerns to the board and school administration and will hold people accountable. Finally, I will work hard for all the people in AuSable Valley Central School District.

CHARLES A. POTTHAST JR.

Jay

 

Budget

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TO THE EDITOR: Plattsburgh School District’s 2013-14 budget is as deceitful as last year’s defeated budget.

Last year, voters approved a second budget for $37,812,744, which was supposedly 1.53 percent less than the 2012-13 budget.

District officials use a deceptive method of compiling the budget by comparing one year’s budget to prior years’ “budget” numbers. That is faulty accounting and misleading to taxpayers. The budget should instead be compared to prior year “actual” data.

The “actual” expenses for the year ended June 2012 were $36,359,768. The “budgeted” expenses for the same period were $38,399,039, meaning the school district had a “surplus” of $2,100,000. By using inflated figures, the district was able to add $2,100,000 to the budget without justification.

The current budget is compared to last year’s bogus numbers, which were inflated by $2,100,000. Last year, this deceit allowed the district to state they were asking for 1.53 percent “less” than the previous year “budget” when they were actually demanding 4.0 percent “more” than the previous year’s “actual” amount.

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