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Menands residents upset after Colonie moves to one-tier tax system

Menands residents who attended the meeting argued that by passing the resolution, the situation will be detrimental for them.

"This is going to have a very negative impact on the residents of Menands," said Joe Condon.

Condon later praised Mahan and the work she has been doing to restore fiscal stability to the town, though he said he did not support the resolution even after hearing Mahan's and Monfil's explanations of why it needed to be enacted.

The eight Menands residents who spoke at the meeting-none in favor of the resolution-were informed about the resolution after Menands Union Free School District Superintendent Kathy Meany sent a letter home to district residents informing them about the resolution and advising them that their school taxes will go up at least 8 percent in the 2010-2011 school year.

"Even without any increase in school district expenditures, this proposed change will result in an increase in school taxes of up to 8 percent for the 2010-2011 school year. A reduction of state aid due to the state fiscal situation would result in a school tax increase of even more than 8 percent," the letter reads.

Mahan encouraged Meany to put together a committee so that the school district can look at ways to mitigate the issue through reducing school taxes.

"I would be more than happy to sit on that committee," Mahan said. "We have to stay within the law and we have to do to stay within the law."

After the resolution was passed, Meany said the school district will have to look into ways to trim their budget as to avoid a tremendous tax increase.

"We'll have to because we know what people are facing financially," she said, adding that as a result, district resources will have to be reduced.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Nov. 11, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.""

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