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Few New York School Budgets Will Seek To Exceed Tax Cap

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Voters in relatively few New York school districts will be asked to approve budgets that exceed the state's property tax cap.

School budget votes will be held statewide on May 16. 

The New York State Association of School Business Officials says 98 percent of the budgets submitted to the state so far would stay within the cap. Fifteen districts want to override it, meaning they'll need a 60-percent supermajority for the budget to pass.

The association says it's the smallest number of districts that have sought an override since the tax cap was installed. The tax cap law requires local governments and school districts to raise taxes no more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

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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.
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