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April 21, 2014

In Our Opinion: There's a reason our taxes are so high


For example: Two teachers and several teaching assistants will be losing their jobs at Delaware Academy Central School under the 2014-15 budget, according to Superintendent Jason Thomson. In Walton, three positions — including the high school principal — are being left unfilled; one elementary teacher, and some support staff, will lose their jobs. 

“Five years of failed New York state school funding policy has taken its toll,” Walton Central School Board President Judy Breese said in a news release. “We have trimmed everywhere we can and used almost the last of our reserves. We have no choice but to make deep cuts.”  

It’s easy to grumble when making that check out to “New York State Income Tax,” or when paying what often seem like high property taxes. But it’s worth remembering that many people rely on this money to put food on their tables, to get the medical care they need — or for their livelihoods. 

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