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clubBR
January 27th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Study: Rocklanders pay $170m for unfunded mandates


By KHURRAM SAEED (KSAEED@LOHUD.COM)
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: January 27, 2007)

SUFFERN - Rockland taxpayers are paying more than $170 million a year to cover school programs required by the state and federal governments but not funded by them, a new study has found.
The Rockland County School Board Association, which released its findings today, said that the cost of the unfunded state and federal mandates to Rockland taxpayers makes up about 22 percent of their total school tax bill.
"These are things about which we have no control and which we must charge our taxpayers," said Lisa Lieberman, who is a member of both the Rockland County School Board Association and the Clarkstown board of education.
Administrators are hopeful the information will offer some explanation to weary residents who are frustrated by rising school taxes.
"We've done it because taxpayers in this county, and across the state, are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore," Bryan Burrell, executive director of the county association and president of the Nyack school board, told some 60 school officials, advocates and politicians this morning at Suffern Middle School.

clubBR
January 27th, 2007, 10:36 PM
"We've done it because taxpayers in this county, and across the state, are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore," Bryan Burrell, executive director of the county association and president of the Nyack school board
Bryan Burrell does not sound very professional.