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posticon Editorial - School Taxes Hot n Cold

Opinions | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The saga of Lansing school taxes are like a Katy Perry song:

"'Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down"

At the beginning of the budget season it looks like the take hike will be a lot.  Then the administrators find ways to bring it down a bit.  We get our tax bills.  We grumble.  But it's less than it looked like it would be. 

Certainly some of this is spin.  In Star Trek Scotty always told Captain Kirk it would take much longer than he knew it would, so he could come out the hero.  "Captain, it'll take three days to restart the engines!"  "You have twenty minutes."  "Aye, Captain."  Scotty starts the engines 15 minutes later.

But some of it is real.  In Lansing's case it is a combination of school officials and town officials working together in different ways toward the same goal in the face of power plant value reductions state spending cliffs, unreliable state aid, rising costs, and everything else that most school districts struggle with in New York these days.

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posticon Letters - Shaft #4 in Lansing

Opinions | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Lawrence Cathles Print
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mailmanOn June 13th last month Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) held a public session aimed at mobilizing public support to stop Cargill mining salt under Lake Cayuga. Although there is much interesting material posted on the CLEAN web site, their arguments that permitting Shaft #4 in Lansing risks catastrophic flooding and collapse of the Cayuga Salt Mine making Lake Cayuga saline are overwrought.

The New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) decision that Shaft #4 poses no substantial risk of mine flooding is appropriate, and there is no reason to believe that the NYSDEC’s current yearly monitoring of the Cargill Mine will fail to assure continued safe salt mining.

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