Middle Country School District faces steep tax hike

Parents in the Middle Country School District are facing a 22-percent increase in taxes if they vote down their school budget on Super Tuesday. "We

CENTEREACH - Parents in the Middle Country School District are facing a 22-percent increase in taxes if they vote down their school budget on Super Tuesday.

"We never thought that the governor would take $10.4 million in state aid from us, we just did not see it coming," says Board of Education President Karen Lessler.

Voters in the district are facing a tax increase of 6.68 percent if they approve the budget.

"Seven percent sounds better than 22 percent," says Tara Baranatas, who has four children in the district. "It's absurd, but it's for our children and if we're ever going to spend anything, at least let it be on the kids."

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