Voters pass 98.3 percent of New York school budgets

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Voters across New York approved 98.3 percent of school budgets up for a vote Tuesday, with only 11 defeated and another too close to call, according to the state School Boards Association.

A survey by the group found 652 school districts saw their budgets passed by voters, including 99.5 percent of the 645 districts that stayed within the state's property-tax cap. Results weren't immediately available for 13 districts Wednesday morning, according to the association.

Over the last five years, New York voters have passed 95 percent of school budgets -- a figure that has been boosted by the tax cap, which was passed in 2011. This year, school boards had an added incentive to keep tax increases down: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to reimburse taxpayers for any increase if their district stays within the cap.

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