Residents cast their votes on LI school budgets

AMITYVILLE - Residents in 124 school districts across Long Island headed to the polls today to vote on their school budgets.

This year, most districts asked for the lowest tax hikes seen in more than 15 years.Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new state tax cap law kept most school tax increases within the boundaries of the 2 percent cap. The average tax hike requested was about 2.6 percent. However, 17 districts pierced the cap by asking for more, mostly in Suffolk County. Superintendent of the Amityville School District Dr. Jon Williams stayed within the cap. Williams says he likes seeing a low increase for residents, but says his schools may pay in the end because of it.Nine budgets were defeated across Long Island. Voters in Tuckahoe, Mount Sinai, Oysterponds, and Center Moriches have rejected their spending proposals. Voters in Comsewogue, Elmont, East Islip, Three Village and Floral Park-Bellerose also rejected spending plans. Out of the 17 districts that exceeded the cap, seven have failed. For full 2012 School Vote results, click here.Complete School Vote 2012 ResultsNews 12 Long Island: What's UP With School Taxes?

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