Average school taxes on LI to be highest in 5 years

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NORTH BELLMORE -

School taxes are on the rise across the Island, and experts say some Nassau residents will get hit even harder.

A report released by the state Department of Education finds that school taxes are expected to increase by 2.37 percent next year, the largest increase in five years.

MORE: Long Island school districts release their budgets

In North Bellmore, school taxes could rise by more than 5 percent if residents approve a new budget and a separate proposition to increase busing for students. The budget itself will stay under the tax cap of 3.4 percent.

"If you didn't grieve and your neighbors did, your school tax rates are going to go up, plus now you're being told that your tax levy is also going up. There are a lot of people that are going to see 8-10 percent increases in their total school taxes next year,” says Jeff Gold, an attorney and tax assessment expert.

North Bellmore and Greenport are attempting to override their state tax cap, which requires the support of at least 60 percent of voters.

Voters will ultimately decide to approve or reject the school budget proposals on May 15.

All of the districts' budgets can be downloaded here.

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