Lowest spending-tax hikes in 2 decades in N.Y.'s Long Island

Monday, May 12, 2014

Long Island's 124 school districts have proposed some of the lowest spending and tax hikes in recent history for the 2014-15 academic year, according to state figures released yesterday.

Spending across Nassau and Suffolk counties would rise 2.27 percent -- the second-smallest average increase since single-day voting on school budgets began on the Island in 1996. The only year since then when proposed hikes were lower was 2.17 percent in 2011-12.

Property tax collections, known as levies, would rise even less -- by an average 1.57 percent. Veteran school administrators described the tax increases, detailed in the report from the state Department of Education, as the lowest in more than 40 years.

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