LIers vote to pass most school budgets

Long Islanders headed to the polls Tuesday for what's frequently referred to as the Super Tuesday of School Voting.Results as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday showed 118 budgets passing, two that failed and one

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2009, 4:03 AM

Updated 5,544 days ago

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Long Islanders headed to the polls Tuesday for what's frequently referred to as the Super Tuesday of School Voting.Results as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday showed 118 budgets passing, two that failed and one tie. Last year, eight budgets failed to pass on the first vote.
In Shoreham-Wading River, residents shot down a spending plan that would've raised taxes by 27 percent ? the highest by far on Long Island. There is no word yet if the budget will go back out for a re-vote. If not, the contingency budget will be put in place ? a tax increase of 26 percent.
In Hempstead, the count was deadlocked at 401. Officials say they will check on affidavit ballots Wednesday. While the budget increase is just above the Long Island average, 48 teachers will lose their jobs in the proposed budget. School officials say if the district didn't layoff teachers, the budget increase would be 16 percent.
Overall, there were more than 400 races across the Island for school boards, propositions and school budgets in 124 districts up for vote Tuesday.
The average proposed spending increase among Long Island's school districts is 2.72 percent.
Several other districts, including North Babylon, Sachem, Wyandanch and Brentwood, have also decided to lay off teachers in order to keep their budgets down.School Vote '09 ResultsSchool Vote '09


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