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To the Times of Ti:

Last week I sent to the (Ticonderoga) school my thoughts on two concessions I feel are needed in the new teacher’s contract. The document I sent has several charts showing my reasoning for these concessions. Recently this paper published a much abbreviated edition of this document. The school has responded by saying John McDonald will present the information to the school board at the Jan. 17 (board meeting).

As school taxpayers, I feel you should attend this meeting, see the information and show your support. The concessions I propose concern salary and insurance costs and could save the taxpayers $2,100,000 over the next four years. The concession would also make the next four-year budgeting process much easier in meeting the 2 percent budget cap law.

This is important because if salary increases and insurance contributions are part of the new contract, they will not be able to be negotiated as budget cuts. Now is the time to negotiate these ever-increasing expenses, then we can deal better with the budget when the time comes.

Show your support go to the meeting, see the info, voice your opinion. Renters should participate to because if school taxes go up, rents will follow.

Tom Allen

Ticonderoga

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