Plainedge budget passes as Nassau's biggest hike
Residents in the Plainedge School District passed a budget on its first try Tuesday.
Plainedge's 9.33 percent tax hike is the highest in Nassau County. Voters approved the budget with nearly 57 percent in favor.
School taxes represent 66 percent of property taxes. School budgets are the only portion of property taxes on which residents have a direct vote.
Roosevelt Union Free School District's budget failed by an overwhelming margin with 72 percent of votes against. Mount Sinai School District's budget also failed, with only 43 percent voting in favor.
In 2006, 19 budgets were defeated in the first vote. Fifteen of those, however, avoided contingency budgets by passing on the second try.
The average proposed property tax increase on Long Island was 4.72 percent. Nassau districts proposed an average increase of 4.22 percent, while in Suffolk the average hike was 5.28 percent.
Long Island schools received $220 million in new state aid this year, an increase of 10.1 percent.
Related Information: Long Island School Vote 2007 Results