Officials: Defeating budgets will impact education

School board officials say voting down proposed budgets could impact Long Island districts more than past years due to the reduction in state aid.

Last year, only two budgets on the Island were defeated, and the districts were still able to increase spending while on contingency in order to prevent cuts. Next year, however, state law prohibits districts from spending more than they did this year.

Scott Ericson, the Shoreham Board of Education president, says voting down the budget would eliminate sports and co-curricular programs and increase class sizes.

Officials also say the cut in state aid to Long Island schools also means taxes will go up, even if spending remains the same.

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