Category: GASD

Howling Wolf

Pressed for time so a few comments: GASD: Not surprised at the least on the budget failing. Let me snarkily note the following: Maybe, just maybe, that $460K from the Buddhists would have a difference in the total tax levy. But hey, we protected our...

Something in The Water

Time precludes a lengthier post along with the Parts C,D, et al to my ‘Cognitive Dissonance” series. I just want to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to note the following: 1) We have a school budget and school board vote tonight which barely registers on...

Cognitive Dissonance — Part A

The embedded documents below include  a letter from the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Montgomery County to Mayor Thane and the Common Council and a letter in response from Mayor Thane. Let me highlight the salient section from the Supervisor Quackenbush’s letter: The...

Fairy Tales

I’m not sure why folks are all so riled up over the tax rate increases — city, school and county. It’s precisely what you get when you believe in economics and public policy fairy tales. Let me point out the characters in the make-believe world...

GASD Budget by Municipality

Here is a breakdown of tax rate changes from 2010-2011 budget to 2011-2012. Of course, the double digit school tax increases pale in comparison to the blather and demagoguery of the city budget. As always — focus on the trivial and sweep aside the significant:...

99 Posts of This Blog on the Web

I’m going to revisit one of my favorite words in this post: ‘ennui’. I”m firming my beliefs that the state of local affairs is truly intractable– no matter how you try to advance a different framework or different policies, it simply remains the same.  If...

New York State School Aid — Latest Figures

Here is the list for all State School Districts by the districts with the highest percentage change from the Budget Figures (preliminary) to the Enacted Figures(final).   GASD lands right in the middle in terms of a 1.5% jump from the first run  of aid...

A Fool in April (Revised)

Like a massive black hole, the gravitational pull of the Bacon saga sucks me in to yet another post in a seemingly never-to-end posts on the topic. I’d hoped to write some clever headlines given the occasion of April Fools Day, but it’s hard to...

Rut

I’m not sure why I continue blogging as it seems most of what I write is a rehash of a prior post . On the other hand, this blog merely reflects commentary on the events of the day so if the events of today are...

69 Positions

The irony and comedy — perhaps tragedy is more apropos?– writes itself (from the Recorder): The Greater Amsterdam School District has proposed cutting 69 employees in its 2011-12 budget, but would still need to raise the tax levy by more than 15 percent. [snip] Brumley...