BUFFALO — Voters in New York state appear to have approved virtually every school budget put before them that didn’t raise taxes beyond new limits set by the state.
Budgets that would have overridden the tax cap to preserve staff and programs didn’t fare as well. Unofficial results gathered by the state School Boards Association show that in those 48 districts, only 60 percent of the budgets passed in voting Tuesday.
This was the first round of budgets put to voters since the state last year adopted a property tax cap that prevented districts from increasing the tax levy by little more than 2 percent.
Budgets that failed can be put for a second vote June 19. Districts that fail again would have to adopt a budget with no tax increase.