May 6, 2014

Editorial: School letter deadline is May 13

Have something you want to tell the world about your district’s school budget or board candidates?

You can do it on this page, as long as you get your letter to us by May 13.

Tuesday, May 20, is the day that district voters will decide whether to approve the proposed budgets. It is the most direct impact that the public can have on government financial plans that will affect them.

From what we have seen, most districts in the North Country are coming in at or below the state tax cap. That means most budgets will need just a simple majority of votes to pass, not the supermajority of 60 percent that is required when a budget exceeds the cap.

The Press-Republican is reporting on many school budgets from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, so you will have sound information on which to evaluate the budget.

We are also profiling candidates in contested school-board races, sharing their views on crucial issues with our readers, along with biographical information.

But the candidates themselves and members of the public can also write letters that we will publish before the vote.

Candidates might want to talk about their qualifications and goals. People who know them might want to publicly express their support.

Our Letter to the Editor guidelines allow up to 300 words. But in order to make sure all the letters fit in before May 20, we need to receive them by Tuesday, May 13.

Letters can be emailed to Editor Lois Clermont at or be faxed to 561-3362.

They must include the writer’s full name, address and phone number.

Letters that exceed 300 words will be sent back for revision, which increases the chance they won’t make it into the paper by vote day, so count before you send.

Here is some information about school taxation across New York, from a report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, that might be of interest:

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