90 percent of LI school budgets pass

More than 90 percent of Long Island's school budgets were approved last night, many of which stayed within the new, state-mandated 2 percent tax cap.

WOODBURY - More than 90 percent of Long Island's school budgets were approved last night, many of which stayed within the new, state-mandated 2 percent tax cap. Voters approved 115 of the 124 school budgets across Long Island last night. However, nine budgets were shot down, including seven that exceeded the state cap. Voters rejected school budgets in Tuckahoe, Mount Sinai, Oysterponds, Center Moriches, Comsewogue , Elmont and East Islip. Budgets were also defeated in Three Village and Floral Park-Bellerose.Schools whose budget failed can try to pass it again on June 19. Officials in those districts can either rework the numbers and present a new budget to voters, or take a chance and present the same budget again.If the down-voted budgets are defeated a second time, the district will be forced to operate on the same budget as this year, with no increases at all.

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