If mandate relief had come before the tax cap the “internal audit” could well be history and, perhaps, Ticonderoga gymnasts could still be competing.
Facing the 2 percent tax cap schools are making serious cuts — cuts that may damage academic, music, arts and sports programs. In Beekmantown there is a $3.2 million budget gap. In Ticonderoga there is a $1.7 million deficit. Schroon Lake faces a $600,000 spending gap.
Major cuts are necessary to reach the state’s 2 percent tax cap, cuts that will impact students and employees for the rest of their lives. Wouldn’t it be a shame to find out, after mandate relief, that some of those cuts were unnecessary?