It’s decision day for hundreds of school districts and hundreds of thousands of voters across New York State. For many Long Island homeowners, it’s a choice between rising property taxes or teacher layoffs, larger classes and fewer after-school activities.
For the first time in six years, school districts across Long Island and across New York State will be holding budget votes Tuesday even though they don’t know how much state aid they’ll be getting, since Albany is way behind schedule in passing the state budget.
Governor Paterson said he expects many school budgets will be rejected because voters are saying public spending must be cut and tough decisions must be made. “People will be very surprised when the public, not the Legislature, not the governor, but the public votes down those plans saying ‘spend less money,’ saying ‘you can’t spend money you don’t have’,” he said.
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