According to the New York State School Boards Association, voters across the state approved 98.3% of school budgets that were considered last week, with just 1% being defeated and one too close to call. Voters approved almost all – 99.5% — of school district budget that stayed within the state’s 2% property tax cap.
According to the state’s largest teachers’ union, NYSUT, the average tax-levy increase was 1.98% in proposed school budgets, while the average spending increase was 2.63%. (The average spending increase is larger because some spending, such as employee pensions, are not counted against the cap.)
So many school districts staying within the 2% property tax cap is a huge step forward in terms of making our communities affordable places to live, work and raise a family. We like to think that, by pushing for the real property tax cap to be enacted in 2011, all of us had some small part in this success.