South Country Doings



95 percent of Long Island school budgets approved

Originally published: May 21, 2013 6:15 AM
Updated: May 22, 2013 12:23 AM

Voters across Long Island approved school budgets at a 95 percent clip Tuesday,
confirming widespread predictions that residents would support spending plans
held to modest increases by state-imposed tax caps.

Budgets were defeated, however, in six of the seven Island school systems that
attempted to bust their district's tax-cap limits.........

As voters traipsed in and out of Bellport Middle School in the South Country district,
they spoke of the choice of supporting the school budget or reining in costs.

"I'm tired of paying taxes for all these schools," said Leila Bryant of Bellport village,
who noted that she and her children attended Catholic schools.

"It looks to me . . . [the budget] is all teacher salaries. I want to see higher scores, higher marks."

And Tom Quinn of Bellport said he was upset about the rise in taxes.
"It's getting to the tipping point where I can't sell my house because the taxes are too high," he said.

*South Country's $119.5 million budget garnered a 54.1 percent majority,
also short of the needed 60 percent. It would have raised taxes 3 percent,
beyond its 0.98 percent cap.


Budget Result Vote Proposed 2013-14
Change from
Proposed tax levy
Tax change from
failed* 1538-1307 $119,585,724 4.10% $56,304,249 2.97%

Elected candidates

Carol Papandrea Hermann (1,363, winner)
Rocco DeVito (1,232, winner)
Julio C. Morales (1,146, winner)

Marian McKenna (809)
Allison Stines (782)
Lawrence T. Hoff (607)
Owen Durney (602)
Gino Cruz (579)
Tim Brower (415).

Proposition 2 was defeated (641-2,161).
Proposition 3 passed (1,840-946).
















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