Fitzpatrick Urges Governor to Appeal Court Decision on CFE
Joins LIA, School Superintendents to Demand Fairness for Long Island Taxpayers
December 13, 2004
Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) is calling on Gov. George E. Pataki to appeal the recent court-appointed panel’s decision addressing school funding for New York City schools. "To fund the needs of New York City’s schools the state must ensure that all taxpayers throughout New York are treated fairly," said Fitzpatrick. "With no clear funding plan in place, fairness requires that Long Island taxpayers not be forced to bear any additional tax burden, directly or indirectly, to correct the failure of the New York City school system. "To paraphrase Long Island Association President Matthew Crosson, the burden should be on New York City to show why, in the interest of true equity for New York state’s taxpayers, city taxpayers should not bear the cost of fixing their own schools. I’m all for improving the city’s schools, but not at the expense of Long Island’s taxpayers and students." Fitzpatrick supports the LIA and the Long Island Education Coalition (LIEC) in their demand for a fair and equitable way to resolve the funding for New York City schools. The following reasons, he said, have been well formulated by the LIA:
- New York City has persistently failed to provide sufficient local tax support for its own schools.
- New York City’s tax burden is significantly lower than that of Long Island.
- To repair their own failed school system, New York City taxpayers can afford to increase local taxes.
- Long Island taxpayers already pay the highest property taxes in the nation.