Long Island school districts release 2013-2014 proposed budgets

Seven districts will ask voters to pierce the state's property tax increase cap.

Seven districts will ask voters to pierce the state's property tax increase cap. (5/9/13)

WOODBURY - Districts across Long Island have released their budgets for the upcoming school year.

Seven districts will ask voters to pierce the state's property tax increase cap. They'll need to get 60 percent of district voters to approve that sort of increase.

Sachem Central School District is proposing the highest tax increase of all the districts. It is hoping to get voters to agree to a 7.5 percent tax increase. Baldwin Schools is asking for the second highest increase at a proposed 7 percent.

South Country Central School District is asking for the lowest increase of the districts at 2.97 percent.

Newsday education reporter John Hildebrand says there are many reasons why school districts are looking to override the tax cap.

"Some districts are looking to pierce the cap because they have special problems," Hildebrand said. "In some cases, they may have spent down surpluses in previous years and so they have no cushion to ride on."

School district budget voting takes place on Tuesday, May 21.  

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