116 out of 124 LI school budgets pass

All but eight school budgets were passed Tuesday by voters on Long Island.A record amount of state aid led to some of the lowest spending and tax increase proposals in more than a decade. The districts

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2008, 10:51 PM

Updated 5,898 days ago

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All but eight school budgets were passed Tuesday by voters on Long Island.A record amount of state aid led to some of the lowest spending and tax increase proposals in more than a decade. The districts asked for an average school tax increase of 3.87 percent and budgets called for an average increase in spending of 5.09 percent. In Suffolk County, budget proposals were rejected in East Moriches, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Patchogue-Medford, Shelter Island and Shoreham-Wading River.The sole Nassau County school district to suffer a defeat was Wantagh, which was rejected by less than 100 votes. The district was asking for a tax increase of 8.27 percent, the highest across the Island.
Some say the sagging economy combined with already high property taxes and school corruption scandals may have been a factor in the districts that voted down their budgets.
Officials say the Wantagh School District will hold a re-vote on June 17.School Vote '08 Results


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