The following chart provide School spending and tax levy summary data for the five school years 2003-04 to 2008-09.
- The rate of growth in spending has fallen over the past four years from 7.5 percent between 2003-04 and 2004-05 to 5 percent between 2007-08 to 2008-09
- Tax levy has increased from $6.32 billion in 2003-04 to $7.04 billion in 2008-09 but the rate of growth in the tax levy has fallen from 8.6 percent to 3.9 percent.
School taxes are the largest component of local property taxes, which on Long Island are oppressively high. Indeed, Long Islanders consistently name property taxes as our region’s Number One problem.
According to a 2006 study by the Long Island Index, Long Island property taxes are 2.5 times the national average.
Source: Long Island Index