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Hi Frank....I have sent this to my members. Please send out to group.-Tomia

Good Morning fellow MFT Member,


If you live in Fuschillo's District, as many of us do, please take the time this morning to submit your concerns regarding the Tax Cap. As frustrated as we are, we all must remember to keep it professional. If you have lunch during that time, please feel free to join in on the BRIEF on line meeting. Remember to speak as a parent and resident as well.

If you need help phrasing a question, I have shared some questions below that we have been asking at area Town Hall Meetings. Feel free to use the subject but do not completely duplicate.

PLEASE USE YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT.

In Unity,
Tomia

1. Under the new tax levy cap, 60% of the voters are needed to override a 2% increase. Are you aware of how difficult that is?

2. How does losing local control of our school systems by allowing elected officials in Albany to limit a duly elected local school board from establishing its own school budget with whatever increase it determines is necessary to maintain its educational program and meet the needs of its constituents fit within the generally accepted Republican philosophy?

3. Under Proposition 13 passed in California, the school system went from being considered among the best in the country to what are now considered some of the worst in the country. On Long Island, we pride ourselves on the school systems. How will you prevent what happened in California from happening here?

4. Under the tax levy cap legislation, a local elected bodies, such as a town board, can override the tax cap with a 60% vote of the elected officials, yet a local school board is the only municipality that requires the people themselves to vote to override a tax cap. If you believe in that model, why shouldn't it apply to all municipalities such as towns, villages, fire districts, and the like?

6. If inflation was to exceed 2% for several years, how do you think municipalities will be able to continue to provide the services we expect in light of a tax cap? For example, if for 5 consecutive years, the CPI was 3.5%, how would you expect the municipalities to function?

7. As the demands on our educators continue to increase, how can we expect to provide the necessary programs and support with this tax cap? And if you are of the belief that educators are overly compensated, how can we keep adding more responsibility, higher accountability, more education and still hope to draw the individuals we want to be in the position that is considered to have such a strong influence on our country's most valued resource, our children? We must remember that educators are tax payers on Long Island as well.


Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:45:59 -0500
From: fuschill@nysenate.gov
Subject: Reminder: Online Q & A Chat Session Tomorrow, January 20th


Dear Neighbor:
I wanted to remind you that tomorrow, January 20th, I will be holding an online Q & A chat session from 12:30 pm to 1 pm.
The online Q & A session allows you to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave your home or office. All you have to do is visit my website, Fuschillo.nysenate.gov, tomorrow, January 20th, between 12:30 pm and 1 pm to view the session. If you canít watch live, visit my website anytime after the session to view a transcript.
Questions for the online Q & A session can be submitted any time prior to or during the session. Click here to submit a question.
I hope youíll take part in my online Q & A session tomorrow. If you need additional information, please contact my office at 516-882-0630.
Sincerely,

SENATOR CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.
fuschill@nysenate.gov | fuschillo.nysenate.gov
District: 5550 Merrick Road, Suite 205, Massapequa, NY 11758-6238 (516) 882-0630



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