When Cayuga County-area voters visit the polls Tuesday for statewide school election day, they’ll be casting ballots on budgets that, with one exception, propose tax increases below the cap in place under state law.
Eight of the nine districts that are part of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES region have budget proposals below the tax cap, and the ninth, Auburn Enlarged City School District, is at its cap. That means that a simple majority, rather than 60 percent, of voters will be required for passage.
Statewide the picture is a little different. The Empire Center for Public Policy conducted an analysis for school budget proposals that found 309 out of 669 districts are proposing budgets that go right up to the property tax cap.
The average property tax levy increase statewide is 2.4 percent. Locally, just two districts (Moravia Central School District at 2.95 percent and Skaneateles Central School District at 3.75 percent) came in above that average. Average overall spending increases ranged from Port Byron Central School District’s flat budget proposal to Skaneateles’ 4.78 percent spending plan growth.