Poll: Tax hikes, service cuts not best for balancing budgets

RONKONKOMA - As towns across Long Island struggle to deal with dwindling funds and ever-growing budget holes, a poll shows that Island residents are split on how best to deal with deficit troubles.The latest News 12 Long Island-Hofstra University poll asked how local governments should balance their budgets. Raising taxes was the best option for 21 percent of responders, and another 16 percent suggested layoffs. But 56 percent of responders said "other ways" was best.Another 3 percent felt balancing budgets isn't important, and 4 percent were undecided.According to state law, towns on Long Island must adopt their budgets by Nov. 20.Full News 12-Hofstra Poll Data

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