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Question of the Day: Tax Levy Cap

The state's cap on tax levy increases limits what revenue can be raised for the school district's budget through taxes. Do you understand what it means for you?

Glen Cove's school board is working on its budget for the 2012-2013 school year, to be voted on in May. The state has a tax levy cap of two percent which provides a guideline that the district's school board must adhere to in the course of its considerations for next year's budget.

Do you know what the cap means for you as a taxpayer? 

Do you understand the difference between a tax levy increase and an increase in your tax bill?

Are there any aspects you don't feel clear about?

Respond, discuss, ask questions and stay tuned for a follow-up on the issue here on Patch.

John Cocchiola February 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
2% a year is too much, and it's going in the wrong direction. If they're allowed 2% a year, they'll take it. Business is leaving Long Island and New York, people are paying more for things while making less, the property values have crashed, but we'll be expected to dig deep and come up with 2% more for school taxes each year. NY leads the country in outmigration, we'll be down to 27 Congressmen next year (once upon a time, we had almost 50). Businesses are leaving, people are following for jobs. The intentions behind the 2% cap may have been good, but I think because of the cap, we can count on a 2% raise each year. If you tell a kid they can only have two candies, they'll always take both. If they keep creaming the tax payer, Long Island will get exactly what it deserves.
Mike Bruschini February 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The state also imposes many mandates on municipal governments and school districts; the main and most common are healthcare and pensions. In recent memory, these two expenditures alone would've caused a tax levy increase of over 6%, or $1.5 million in the City Budget for Glen Cove. As a result, the city had to make cutbacks in other areas, and had to freeze hiring. In schools, 9 period days become 8 period days, and classes and programs get cut.
Brian F. Pemberton March 01, 2012 at 03:32 AM
We should have a 2% cap on how many politicians can get re-elected. But Mike is right. The mandates from Albany are the problem.
Kristina S. Heuser March 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
John, you're absolutely right that if they are allowed 2%, they will take 2%. School taxes are out of control and driving people out of Long Island. I would like to see New York State implement a school voucher program. That way, at least if you're forced to pay school taxes, you can decide where your child attends school and, hence, where your money goes. Forcing the public schools to compete for the funds in this way will give them and the government that controls them an incentive to improve, rather than making taxpayers pay more each year without seeing any improvement in the quality of the education and/or school environment.

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