Suffolk school district suing over MTA payroll tax

The William Floyd School District is taking the MTA to the state's Supreme Court over its commuter payroll tax.

The district says it will have to shell out $350,000 for next year's tax. Though the state has promised schools will be reimbursed, the district says it is skeptical that will happen.

Officials say the district wants to be reimbursed for the $311,000 in tax money it paid for the 2010 school year and to be exempt from any future MTA payroll taxes. Many in the district say the tax shouldn't apply to them because few employees use the trains to get to work.

State Sen. Brian Foley (D-Patchogue) has sponsored a bill that would reduce the payroll tax in Suffolk significantly.

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