Letter: Oppose Any Increase In Kat-Lewisboro Budget

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To the Editor:

I've said it before and I will say it again: There should not be a penny's worth of increase in the school budget. In fact what we, the beleaguered taxpayers of Lewisboro, should demand is a school budget reduction, a reduction proportionate to the decline in the school population.

It is encouraging to see now, at long last, a school board that recognizes its obligation to taxpayers and, miraculously, a superintendent who is obviously in accord.

To Superintendent Kreutzer – may I, on behalf of friends and family, extend my best wishes to you for a healthy and happy new year. And please pay no mind to teacher union zealots.

One last word: The Lewisboro Town Board should make plain its disgust with the teachers union; never mind that it has no formal authority over school matters. It should publicize how harmful the union’s outrageous exactions are to all the citizens.

Art Shane

Lewisboro

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I am in total agreement with Art Shane's comments. I have watched the school taxes increase over the last 10 years and the corresponding cost per student.
In my opinion there has been a total disregard for the impact on resident's property taxes, which are some of the highest in the nation, and the negative impact it has on property values. There is no doubt in my mind that the declining enrollment is mainly due to the fact that new families are unwilling to pay the high property taxes here. Some bold measures need to be taken to put the teacher's union in check, and Salaries and benefits, and the continual increases, need to be reigned in.
It has always been a mystery to me why the School Board refuses to provide cost information to Westchester Magazine for its annual review of Westchester Schools.I can only assume that the data would not be favorable and would raise serious questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of our school system.
Ed Kelley