More than half of homeowners in Nassau County and almost one-third in Suffolk pay $10,000 or more in property taxes, compared with a national rate of 4.4 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, a California-based real-estate information company.
Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Ficarra and architect Scott Downey of Spiezle Architectural Group presented a $131 million proposal to fix the South Orange-Maplewood School District's crumbling facilities and expand space, paving the way to end overcrowding and segregation in the district. "We also want employees and members of the public to have an opportunity to meet our finalists", Smith said.
A schedule for five followup meetings to take place in schools around the district will be released in the coming days. "Why should one board member control and have the power to restrict the information to our whole board of elected officials?"
During the meeting, trustees also voted to add a second full-time GATE position.
Each of the school districts have varying voting times and locations, so voters are asked to call their district or go to the district's webpage to learn when are where to vote.
While none of the school districts are attempting to pierce the state mandated property tax levy cap, there is some controversy surrounding a proposition that will appear on the ballot in the Southampton School District: a $5.2 million plan to purchase a Southampton Village home and convert it into administration offices. Former Gov. Mike Pence often said that if students can be graded every day, schools can be graded every year.
The district's average tax rate would be $13.94 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $13.88 per $1,000 in the current 2017-18 school year.
John Hildebrand is Newsday's senior education writer and has covered school news and policy issues affecting Long Island for more than 40 years.
"The School Board has not been consulted by the city about how this impacts our plans for our mix of schools", Gonzales wrote the Express in an email.
Voters in the East Greenbush Central School District will head to the polls from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.to vote on a proposed budget, which maintains all current programs and services, totals $94.3 million, an increase of 2.29% from past year.
The resolution is being submitted to the Board prior to adoption of the 2018-19 budget, and is based on multiple-year projections of the District's fiscal situation.
At the May 1 school board work session and meeting trustees voted to spend more than $400,000 of their unencumbered funds to replace old copy machines, high school shop equipment, school furnishings and teacher devices.
Tuckahoe School Board member Sean Hattrick, who now serves on the board as chairman, is also running unopposed for a second three-year term on the board. He is running to finish the remaining two years of the three-year term.
In East Greenbush, voters can cast their votes at Bell Top Elementary School - Residents of the Town of North Greenbush, Howard L. Goff Middle School - Residents of the Town of East Greenbush, Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School - Residents of the Towns of Sand Lake or Chatham or residents with a Nassau mailing address or at Green Meadow Elementary School - Residents of the Town of Schodack who do not have a Nassau mailing address.