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RVC School District Breaks Down Tax Impact of Improvement Bond

Vote to take place on March 19 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at South Side High School.

The following is from the Rockville Centre School District website in regards to the March 19 school improvement bond vote:

As determined by the Nassau County Assessor’s Office, the average home value in Rockville Centre is $532,000.

The tax impact of a on the average home in the Rockville Centre School District -- assuming $20 million at 4 percent for 30 years and $25.926 million at 3.5 percent for 20 years -- is $128.

Tax impact on other properties:

Property Assessed Value Increase Due to Bond $400,000 $97 $600,000 $145 $800,000 $193 $1,000,000 $242

The vote will take place on March 19 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at South Side High School.

penman February 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM
If what they say is true then the interest on the bond is $1,700,000 a year and we need $2,000,000 a year to amortize the principal of the bond. Add it up and its $3,700,000 increase in our taxes or 4.4% tax increase on an $84 million budget. Then we have to add the 3.60% increase in our annual operating budget for a total percentage increase 8% this year and most likely every year between the 2 budget components (operating and bond). My school taxes alone are approx $15,000 so my increase is $1200 a year at a minimum. Something has to give!
rvcmother February 26, 2013 at 02:52 PM
All that money and the average home price in RVC is only $500,000? All those people who say that the school system has kept our housing prices up, please tell me, how can you claim that when the district themselves say that housing prices are way down.
Margaret February 26, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I can't understand how the BOE thinks that this is a good time to put up such a large bond with so many expensive extras. How they say removing the portables is going to provide the extra safety needed at the high school. It's an open campus with student's coming and going, it's impossible to secure the school. Just say you want all the kids in one building, don't use the safety of the children as a front for what you really want. If you were so concerned things would have been done long ago to ensure safety. We DON'T NEED air-conditioning and a 3 million dollar sports complex that we will be paying off way past it's life expectancy. Just foolish. The BOE does not represent the entire community, just special interest groups. This bond should be voted down, the pathetic video where crime scene tape is around chairs and where rooms are unkempt should prove to us all that the schools have not be maintained throughout the years. How stupid do they think this community is? We have our PTAs brainwashed into thinking that this is something good. Unbelievable.....
opinion-ated February 26, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Great. Well this dies not serve my famy well at all. My kids attended when they had yo go to school with no a/c, IF they had a limvh period, which after Grade 9 was non existant due to the REDICULOUS IB Curriculum they attempted to sit in a hallway and gobble their linch without being chased by a hall monitor , attended a security lacking elementry schiool that only required anyone to be "buzzed in" without even checking who was about to enter the building , The middle school security was non existant and high school is an open campus .... Where the Principal cared little about where her students were coming and going thrrough the day. Portable trailers were just dandy .....no matter what yhe wreather. A HOUSE for special Ed kids.... How convienient. A place to segregate them. But let us not forget to AGAIN tack on some artificial Turf . God Lord. Get me outta this town.
rvcmother February 26, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Instead of putting crime scene tape around the auditorium chairs in the middle school why didn't they unbolt it and order a new one? Their efforts to make the condition of the school look worse then it is so transparent as to be laughable. And your point opion-ated about segregating students is a valid one. They house the "bad' kids off campus at greenhouse and haven't found a single dime in their $45 million dollar reno to bring them back on campus. Yet they have millions for the athletes. I thought this was supposed to be about whats best for all students.
Fiona Baily February 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Dear Margaret, I don't understand it. Every year our school taxes go up. Last year there was a tax cap,which I totally agreed with. This year the school district will have another school tax cap. So the special interest, the rich parents of RVC come up with a bond plan to get everything they want for their children. What more do they want?, better athletics, better national academic ratings, no. I am quite satisfied with the amount of taxes we pay for a state champion athletic program and a national rated district, number 22 in the nation. It is the few special interest parents that want all 25,000 of us to pay for their blind spending increase. Please, I hope someone will speak for people like me who are not one of the chosen ,but part of the majority. We can not spend any more money on frills and perks for these people when people can't afford it. I will of course vote no on the bond. Hopefully, I can get some of my girlfriends to vote with me. Good Night,
penman February 27, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Fiona, I agree with you. And you have to remember that the 2% tax cap has so many exceptions that this years increase in the tax levy (the money you and I actually pay) is over 3.5%. Thats for the annual budget. Tack another 4+ percent incease for the bond each and every year and we are looking at 8% tax increases for many years to come. At what point do the high taxes prove to be an albatross on the backs of the homeowners?
rvc_esq February 27, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@rvcmother, you mention a greenhouse. I'm not aware of a greenhouse that you mention. Can you provide more information? @penman, your financial incite is helpful, the article tries to state that the increases will be minimal, yet when you combine the increase with future tax increases we are going to be taxed right out of a competitive housing market, our homes will begin to depreciate to compensate for the high taxes, less money in the end in our pockets, yet admin will be laughing all the way to the bank with their money they stole from us.
rvcmother February 27, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Greenhouse is a program for rvc high school students. These are the kids who Burris is afraid won't graduate because of a variety of issues. They go to this program which is in a commercial property somewhere on Sunrise Highway. Then miracle of all miracles they graduate and our 100% graduation rate is still intact. After spending $45 mil they haven't found a way to bring these kids back on campus...disgraceful how they treat the forgotten children.
Fiona Baily February 28, 2013 at 04:12 AM
I don't know if it's right or wrong that the Greenhouse program is off Campus. I always think it's a good idea to have all of our students together. This way AP children who have higher grades could partner with other children who struggle academically. If the Greenhouse children need help emotionally, maybe other children who don't,can include these children into their clubs and sports program. After all young kids should learn early that they can contribute and help by including everyone. So, everyone can remember High School as a positive experience. This will better prepare them for adulthood and the challenges they will have with work and building personal relationships in life. I don't know RVCmother what you mean by the forgot children. We as a community must never forget any of our children and be inclusive of all. Good Night,

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