Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Long Island School Budget Vote 2008-2009 Results, Ranked by margin of victory


116 out of 124 LI school budgets pass


All but eight school budgets were passed Tuesday by voters on Long Island.
So when the State Aid was provided in 2008 the average tax increase was 3.87% and now in 2011 when there is cuts in State Aid in 2011 the tax increase is 2.97%.


A record amount of state aid led to some of the lowest spending and tax increase proposals in more than a decade. The districts asked for an average school tax increase of 3.87 percent and budgets called for an average increase in spending of 5.09 percent.

In Suffolk County, budget proposals were rejected in East Moriches, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Patchogue-Medford, Shelter Island and Shoreham-Wading River.

The sole Nassau County school district to suffer a defeat was Wantagh, which was rejected by less than 100 votes. The district was asking for a tax increase of 8.27 percent, the highest across the Island.

Some say the sagging economy combined with already high property taxes and school corruption scandals may have been a factor in the districts that voted down their budgets.

Rank
School
District
YES
Votes
NO
Votes
Pass/Fail
(Pass-Fail)
(Diff)/Total
Vote%
1 Patchogue-Medford 2100 2997 Fail -897 -17.6
2 Shoreham-Wading River 1068 1390 Fail -322 -13.1
3 Kings Park 1416 1754 Fail -338 -10.66
4 Lindenhurst 1709 2093 Fail -384 -10.1
5 Wantagh 1566 1692 Fail -126 -3.87
6 East Moriches 559 581 Fail -22 -1.93
7 Shelter Island 409 412 Fail -3 -0.37
8 Hauppauge 951 956 Fail -5 -0.26
9 Brentwood 1039 1036 Pass 3 0.14
10 Levittown 2036 1942 Pass 94 2.36
11 Longwood 1900 1770 Pass 130 3.54
12 Commack 2187 2029 Pass 158 3.75
13 Locust Valley 1210 1113 Pass 97 4.18
14 Hempstead 368 337 Pass 31 4.4
15 Hampton Bays 885 810 Pass 75 4.42
16 William Floyd 1447 1302 Pass 145 5.27
17 Bayport-Blue Point 950 840 Pass 110 6.15
18 Mount Sinai 741 651 Pass 90 6.47
19 East Rockaway 545 474 Pass 71 6.97
20 Northport-E. Northport 2872 2470 Pass 402 7.53
21 East Hampton 304 261 Pass 43 7.61
22 Sachem 3045 2592 Pass 453 8.04
23 West Babylon 973 825 Pass 148 8.23
24 Malverne 694 581 Pass 113 8.86
25 Hewlett-Woodmere 1680 1380 Pass 300 9.8
26 Massapequa 2930 2395 Pass 535 10.05
27 Three Village 2791 2265 Pass 526 10.4
28 North Merrick 526 423 Pass 103 10.85
29 Babylon 865 691 Pass 174 11.18
30 Mattituck-Cutchogue 877 699 Pass 178 11.29
31 Westbury 1070 839 Pass 231 12.1
32 Bay Shore 1587 1244 Pass 343 12.12
33 South Country 1623 1261 Pass 362 12.55
34 Valley Stream 30 1832 1423 Pass 409 12.57
35 Rockville Centre 1620 1255 Pass 365 12.7
36 Rocky Point 941 727 Pass 214 12.83
37 Comsewogue 716 553 Pass 163 12.84
38 Merrick 946 730 Pass 216 12.89
39 Baldwin 3221 2477 Pass 744 13.06
40 Cold Spring Harbor 556 424 Pass 132 13.47
41 North Bellmore 1060 808 Pass 252 13.49
42 Montauk 132 100 Pass 32 13.79
43 Wyandanch 154 116 Pass 38 14.07
44 Oceanside 1374 1023 Pass 351 14.64
45 Valley Stream 13 1117 831 Pass 286 14.68
46 Garden City 1057 786 Pass 271 14.7
47 Seaford 1481 1099 Pass 382 14.81
48 Floral Park-Bellerose 799 588 Pass 211 15.21
49 Port Washington 2955 2167 Pass 788 15.38
50 Plainview-Old Bethpage 1316 964 Pass 352 15.44
51 Eastport-South Manor 1154 842 Pass 312 15.63
52 Plainedge 2015 1469 Pass 546 15.67
53 Bellmore 839 606 Pass 233 16.12
54 Jericho 593 427 Pass 166 16.27
55 Oysterponds 135 97 Pass 38 16.38
56 Manhasset 1817 1302 Pass 515 16.51
57 Seaford 3422 2447 Pass 975 16.61
58 Remsenburg-Speonk 156 111 Pass 45 16.85
59 Westhampton Beach 345 243 Pass 102 17.35
60 East Quogue 462 324 Pass 138 17.56
61 Mineola 1164 816 Pass 348 17.58
62 Roosevelt 367 257 Pass 110 17.63
63 East Islip 2598 1800 Pass 798 18.14
64 Herricks 1536 1063 Pass 473 18.2
65 New Hyde Park-Garden City Park 1045 723 Pass 322 18.21
66 Copiague 1095 755 Pass 340 18.38
67 Hicksville 1468 1009 Pass 459 18.53
68 Miller Place 1176 808 Pass 368 18.55
69 Island Park 497 341 Pass 156 18.62
70 Springs 420 285 Pass 135 19.15
71 Oyster Bay-E. Norwich 968 655 Pass 313 19.29
72 Southampton 615 415 Pass 200 19.42
73 Valley Stream 24 432 291 Pass 141 19.5
74 North Babylon 1465 971 Pass 494 20.28
75 Central Islip 878 579 Pass 299 20.52
76 Syosset 2186 1441 Pass 745 20.54
77 Uniondale 409 268 Pass 141 20.83
78 East Meadow 1982 1297 Pass 685 20.89
79 Half Hollow Hills 1404 888 Pass 516 22.51
80 Farmingdale 1999 1248 Pass 751 23.13
81 Franklin Square 938 584 Pass 354 23.26
82 Baldwin 1347 832 Pass 515 23.63
83 Harborfields 1725 1065 Pass 660 23.66
84 Long Beach 1599 985 Pass 614 23.76
85 Riverhead 1842 1134 Pass 708 23.79
86 Amityville 597 364 Pass 233 24.25
87 Middle Country 2044 1236 Pass 808 24.63
88 Elmont 1028 619 Pass 409 24.83
89 Roslyn 1024 605 Pass 419 25.72
90 Freeport 913 538 Pass 375 25.84
91 Center Moriches 707 411 Pass 296 26.48
92 Southold 695 403 Pass 292 26.59
93 Tuckahoe 168 97 Pass 71 26.79
94 Huntington 1713 983 Pass 730 27.08
95 Carle Place 552 314 Pass 238 27.48
96 Elwood 1160 659 Pass 501 27.54
97 Connetquot 1677 950 Pass 727 27.67
98 Valley Stream 30 440 249 Pass 191 27.72
99 Lynbrook 1103 624 Pass 479 27.74
100 Amagansett 64 36 Pass 28 28
101 Port Jefferson 796 446 Pass 350 28.18
102 Bethpage 1168 644 Pass 524 28.92
103 South Huntington 1683 928 Pass 755 28.92
104 Sayville 1630 862 Pass 768 30.82
105 West Hempstead 915 477 Pass 438 31.47
106 Deer Park 1341 688 Pass 653 32.18
107 Islip 1705 868 Pass 837 32.53
108 North Shore 1423 677 Pass 746 35.52
109 Sag Harbor 893 424 Pass 469 35.61
110 Bridgehampton 244 114 Pass 130 36.31
111 Island Trees 699 315 Pass 384 37.87
112 Smithtown 3909 1548 Pass 2361 43.27
113 West Islip 2376 930 Pass 1446 43.74
114 Fishers Island 109 41 Pass 68 45.33
115 East Williston 1558 567 Pass 991 46.64
116 Great Neck 1415 333 Pass 1082 61.9
117 Fire Island 106 24 Pass 82 63.08
118 Greenport 278 58 Pass 220 65.48
119 Lawrence 2638 494 Pass 2144 68.45
120 Quogue 84 15 Pass 69 69.7
121 New Suffolk 53 7 Pass 46 76.67
122 Wainscott 26 3 Pass 23 79.31
123 Sagaponack 25 2 Pass 23 85.19

Source: News12.com

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.


Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.