What's Up with School Taxes: A Taxing Situation

Long Island public schools rank among the best in the country, but many of those districts are now being forced to make tough cuts after

BRENTWOOD - Long Island public schools rank among the best in the country, but many of those districts are now being forced to make tough cuts after losing millions in state funding this year.

Brentwood Superintended Joseph Bond says that after his district lost $9.5 million in aid, he had no choice but to make cuts. On the chopping block are 90 teachers, courses such as journalism and drama, and sports for middle school students.

The cuts are frustrating taxpayers who have blamed the school districts for spending too much money. Meanwhile, school officials say it's lawmakers in Albany who are at fault for not funding education the way it should be.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) says districts need to tighten their budgets. "No one is going to look at me and say these school systems can't find any waste whatsoever and the only answer is more taxes; I don't believe it." The school systems account for about 60 percent of property tax bills. Residents will be able to weigh in on their school taxes during the budget votes set for May 17.

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