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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:30 am

HUDSON — The Hudson City School District could be facing a shortfall of about $2.177 million for next school year’s budget, and the district’s administrators are beginning a reach out effort to get feedback from the community.

The district’s School Business Executive Robert Yusko outlined the challenge this week, detailing a proposed rollover budget of $43.3 million, which would represent an increase in spending of $1.76 million over the budgeted amount for this year’s spending, or a 4.24 percent increase. That takes into account salary increases, rising pension costs and health insurance premium increases. However, Yusko is projecting actual spending for this year to be $1.76 million under the budgeted amount based on a presentation made to the Board of Education and provided to the Register-Star this week. About a million dollars of that is due to a savings in contractual expenditures this year.

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  • Rosalie Jones posted at 10:45 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    Rosalie Jones Posts: 49

    With the mishandling of the Gavin matter and the sale of the Claverack school as examples, what other brilliant fumbles have the BOE committed? And what is the COST to the TAXPAYER? All in return for one of the lowest ranked districts in the region! 84 out of 87 ... WOW

  • denione posted at 12:06 am on Sun, Feb 17, 2013.

    denione Posts: 34

    My School Taxes are higher then my Propery taxes and the two together are higher then my mortgage payment. So I have sold my house and am moving. Good luck to all who remain here in good old Columbia County. I have been working two jobs for months now to pay my taxes and am tired of it. The school system is no longer about education but just like big Govenment its about how to get more money out of the working middle class or the elderly trying to keep their homes. Where do they think the tax payers are suppose to get the money for the increase? Or do they even care?

  • Yea Right posted at 5:46 pm on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    Yea Right Posts: 52

    Democrats love to lecture us on sustainability, at least when it comes to renewables. Well lets do a little study and compare successful business with school districts and government as respects what percentage of revenue is spent on salaries, benefits, pensions, vacations, personal time ect and you would find that unions unreasonable Holding a gun to the heads of boards and councils threatening walkouts would bankrupt the healthiest private sector company, just as they are doing to public sector. It's time to have a serious discussion with unions (labor) and send the walking. Or, how a out the taxpayers stop paying taxes....

  • F150 posted at 12:44 pm on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    F150 Posts: 10

    I'm out. Time to head for a more tax friendly state.

  • tb posted at 11:55 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    tb Posts: 6

    You can't spend what you don't have. It's about time that the school districts start getting run like a business.

  • elaine posted at 9:36 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    elaine Posts: 379

    The Hudson School district has a dismal graduation rate. The children are left behind and the habitual response of this district is reaching out for more money for the teachers. The tax rate that is levied against us is capped and they continually reach the highest limit of that cap. If the district increased the money spent on the students then maybe the community wouldn't find more tax such an issue. I personally feel the district is too top heavy and is allocating all the funds to the adults. Their budget shortfalls are not a new problem. It is never an issue of needing funds to provide more for the pupils or to update their curriculum. It is so sad that the scramble is on when the finances fall short but their action lacks when it is pertaining to their failure to their consumers (the children).

  • Otto posted at 7:43 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    Otto Posts: 15

    This theme is recurring all across the capital region and high profile meetings have recently been held to find solutions to the funding shortfall. Anyone who can read can see that the increases are due almost entirely to pension, benefit and salary increases. School administrators throughout the state have granted ever-more lucrative contracts to their unions (and to themselves) and are now "soliciting feedback on ways to tackle their budget issues". I'll provide some feedback: declare bankruptcy and renegotiate the contracts. Property taxes and income taxes in NYS are choking us.

  • OldCynic posted at 3:17 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    OldCynic Posts: 29

    The answer to the issue is relatively simple. Under these dire financial times, do away with the frills. I am not and expert at contract law but if the Distric seeks chapter 11 protection, does that not break the union contract? Would it be too much to ask the teachers to contribute to their own pension? An approach to the teachers union much like Cuomo proposed to CSEA might well solve the problem. Give them the option..... pay their own pension and a larger share of their health insurance like the private sector worker does. If they do not, lay them off, So the class size will be larger.... with the resources available today in the classroom, 30 students in a class is not a burden. 30 years ago it was the norm, and I suspect rates of literacy and percentage of graduates was a lot higher. Cut back on administrators. Columbiia County schools are tiny and yet they have are far more top heavy in administrators. Eliminate interscholastic sports. Very few of the students can take advantage of the programs and since the jonb of the school is to educate rather than train athletes, get back to the core mission. And until the absolute mess of assessments and valuations is fixed in the district, there should be NO tax increase. The school district is truely forcing people out of their homes because of the horrible tax situation and the run-away costs of running the Hudson school district.