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School Districts vs. NYS Tax Cap

While some school districts and unions are reportedly considering suing to overturn a provision in New York State’s new tax cap law, cooler heads are urging them to take a "wait-and-see" attitude for the time being - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

In New Paltz, the school budget got 59.3 percent of the vote. But it failed. The reason: the tax cap requires a 60 percent supermajority of votes to override a school district’s tax-levy limit — Judging by the recent annual school budget elections, the supermajority requirement made an impact.

Superintendants districts who have seen their  budgets defeated now must go back to "square one".  Some officials have suggested the situation may require a legal remedy to resolve: 

New York State United Teachers spokesman Carl Corn

says NYSUT is analyzing the results of the recent budget voting, and the one fact that "jumps out" is the 60 per cent supermajority requirement.

Tim Kremer is the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association: he concedes there is great concern over the issue of "minority rule" -Kremer's message to the districts: wait until after June 19th before going off in a new direction
Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.