To The Editor:
On Tuesday, the residents of Potsdam will have an important decision to make. We need to decide whether or not to support the proposed 2013-2014 school budget.
In this year which saw virtually every residents property appraisal rise dramatically, it is an understandable knee-jerk reaction to glance at the budget proposal, see that it includes a tax hike, and immediately think no.
On closer inspection, though, the budget is a balanced, fair, and carefully constructed document. It does include a small tax hike, but that increase comes in return for the continuation of important programs within the school day and sustaining important extracurricular activities, like sports and other groups.
In past years, a no vote on the budget has resulted in relatively small changes taking place in the wording and division of funds within the budget. This year, however, is a completely different animal.
A no vote means that the school board will have to immediately remove half a million dollars from the budget, a drastic slash and burn that will negatively affect every department and after school activity and result in the loss of more than 30 faculty and staff.
Potsdam Central School students should not have to pay for the states ongoing decisions to reduce spending for education by the trashing of important and crucial educational and recreational programs. I am asking Potsdam residents to vote yes on May 21 to help our kids keep at least some of the quality education for which Potsdam is known.