LI school districts urged to reconsider property tax increases in 2021-2022 budgets

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky is asking school districts across Long Island to reconsider including property tax hikes in the 2021-2022 budgets.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2021, 7:55 PM

Updated 1,193 days ago

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State Sen. Todd Kaminsky is asking school districts across Long Island to reconsider including property tax hikes in the 2021-2022 budgets.
School districts got an increase of more than $417 million in state aid, including more than $270 million in foundation aid and a special $37 million in new pre-K funding.
Now it's time for the districts to weigh whether or not they need to increase taxes. School budget votes are next month.
The Long Beach School District announced it will not raise taxes for the next school year. The district was also able to add some programs.
Long Beach School Board member Sam Pinto says he is proud to be a part of the district and decision to not raise taxes.
District officials made the decision after receiving $1.7 million in state aid and an estimated $3 million in federal pandemic relief funds.
Over in the Wantagh School District, the plan is to raise taxes by 3.8%. The district is asking residents to override the tax cap.
According to information provided by the state, Wantagh received $1.5 million in state funds as well as $700,000 from the feds.
The school district didn't want to comment.
Now it's time for the districts to weigh whether or not they need to increase taxes. School budget votes are next month.
Proposed budgets must be submitted to the state by April 26.


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