LI votes down 6 school budgets that pierce tax cap

Sachem, one of the largest school districts on Long Island, was one of six budgets voted down last night that looked to pierce the state's tax levy cap.

Sachem, one of the largest school districts on Long Island, was one of six budgets voted down last night that looked to pierce the state's tax levy cap. (5/22/13)

SACHEM - Six of seven Long Island school budgets that attempted to pierce the state tax cap were defeated last night.

Sachem, one of the largest school districts on Long Island, was one of six budgets voted down last night that looked to pierce the state's tax levy cap. The district called for an increase of 7.5 percent. Now, full-day kindergarten and extracurricular activities are in jeopardy of being cut.

Districts that hoped to pierce the cap needed a 60 percent supermajority for approval, which didn't happen in Sachem, Baldwin, East Quogue, Manhasset, North Babylon or South Country. Administrators at those school districts can either present the same budget to taxpayers in June or offer a scaled-down version.

Revotes will take place June 18.

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