NYSUT Media Relations – May 16, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. May 16, 2012 – Despite deep cuts to programs triggered by the first year of the state’s property tax cap, voters gave students and their local schools their strong backing by adopting 96 percent of school budgets, New York State United Teachers reported early today.
Based on its preliminary count, NYSUT estimated the statewide passage rate will be 96 percent. Voters approved 597 school budgets, with 24 budgets going down in defeat Tuesday. Of the approximately 50 school districts that exceeded the property tax cap, voters in 24 districts returned a 60 percent supermajority, passing those budgets despite tax levies greater than 2 percent. A final tabulation of this year’s school budget voting should be available by mid-afternoon.
You can view the school budget results here