Mandate relief should have come first

Tax cap, without help, is damaging

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?

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