School BUDGETS If within cap, eliminate vote

Today’s newspaper is filled with information about your school budget vote, which takes place on Tuesday at area districts. In every case locally, the proposed spending plan is within the state-imposed tax cap.

As noted in this space earlier, the only district holding the line on rates is Ripley, which has a tuition agreement with Chautauqua Lake for students in seventh to 12th grade. It is an excellent arrangement that needs to be a model for other area schools.

More districts need to look at a model like that, including Brocton and Forestville. But the urgency is not there because every May, district voters — who already believe they are overtaxed — approve their school budget.

We’re OK with the process, but it seems to be something that no longer needs to be in the voters’ hands. If the school budget stays within the tax cap, then allow it to pass without a vote.

If it exceeds the state-imposed limit, then have a vote.

In recent years, no budget locally has been defeated. That is a sign residents here are content with their school spending plans — even if they keep asking property owners to pay more.