School budgets pass overwhelmingly
New York voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote on their local school budgets and the results are right in line with the passage rate since the enacting of the tax cap five years ago.
98.5% of districts said yes, while just ten were defeated according to the New York State School Boards Association. They are still awaiting results for eleven different localities.
Thirty-six districts had proposals with tax levies that exceeded the cap, requiring a 60 percent "supermajority" to pass and 78% of those were successful. That's a double-digit increase over the previous year. Does this mean more districts may choose to override the cap in the coming years? We asked Tim Kremer, the NYSSBA Executive Director, in an interview that will air this weekend on your local PBS station.
Also this weekend Ken Lovett of The Daily News and Matt Hamilton of the Times Union join us at the Reporters Roundtable.