TO THE EDITOR: Please join me in supporting Andy Brockway, Ken Maurer and Mike Hagadorn to fill three vacant seats on the Beekmantown School Board.
BCSD had over a $10 million surplus just three years ago, and by July 2013, that surplus will have vanised. Our incumbent board members approved budgets that ripped through $10 million very quickly and seemingly without forethought.
The NYS Comptroller’s Report ending March 31, 2010, cited the BCSD for having $10 million over the legal limit. The report said: “District officials should develop a plan to use the excess fund balance in a manner that benefits district taxpayers. To provide appropriate transparency, the use of this surplus should be done through the budget process with public disclosure. Such uses include but are not limited to reducing property taxes, increasing necessary reserves, paying off debt and financing one-time expenditures.”
These were the recommendations of the comptroller, but is that how the $10 million was spent? No, it was not used to reduce taxes, pay off debt or one-time expenditures. The $10 million was used to heavily subsidize budgets — budgets that the taxpayers could not have otherwise afforded, budgets that were unsustainable and irresponsible.
Now the money is gone, and we sit atop massive obligations” nearly $100 million for retiree health care alone. Similar to 25 percent of North Country schools, without significant changes we, too, are on the road to insolvency.
We have an opportunity this year to add three more responsible people to the board, people who will be accountable to the residents, will implement a long-term financial plan and are ready to make tough decisions instead of kicking the can down the road.
Please support Andy Brockway, Ken Maurer and Mike Hagadorn on May 21.
Candidate information is available at www.unitedforthekids.org.
HOLLY DEYO SIMS