Do NOT pierce the tax cap. Do NOT cut school programs. Really make it about the kids and renegotiate contracts. Here’s one contract you can renegotiate:
In May 2010, at the height of the recession, the Board signed off on a contract with the new superintendent (Super). In addition to the usual items covered in a contract the following were also included:
Starting salary of $210.000 (up from $153,000 in 2005 for the same position) with four to six percent annual increases.
Cash reimbursements to the Super:
Car allowance: $700.00 per month
Personal computing/wireless/remote broadband: $195.00 per month
Benefits (for individual and family):
-Health insurance: 100% paid for by taxpayer dollars (in 2007 Miller Place was paying 15%)
PAID FOR BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THE LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL
-Dental insurance: 100% paid by taxpayer dollars
-Disability Insurance: 100% paid by taxpayer dollars
-Life insurance: Two times annual salary for LIFE
Annual annuity of $20,000 paid for by taxpayer dollars
AND THE BEST PART (Actually written in the contract): a private bathroom in his office
Renegotiate this contract AND OTHERS and how many programs can continue to be funded without piercing the tax cap?