NORTH SHORE SCHOOLS BUDGET PASSES BY THREE TO ONE MARGIN; TRUSTEES BERLINER AND LABBATE RUNNING UNOPPOSED RE-ELECTED
May 19, 2015 – North Shore residents went to the polls on Tuesday and voted overwhelmingly in support of their School District's $97,575,530 spending plan for the 2015-16 school-year. Turn-out was low, with only 1,680 residents casting ballots, 30% fewer than last year, with 1266 or 75% of voters supporting the budget, and 414 or 25% voting "no." A second proposition asking residents to approve a withdrawal from the capital reserve not to exceed $3,146,154 for capital improvements at three of the district's schools also passed easily with 1266 voting "yes," and 305 opposing the measure. Trustees Herman Berliner and Toni Labbate, who were running unopposed, were each re-elected to three year terms with Dr. Berliner, who currently serves as Board President, receiving 1121 votes and Ms. Labbate, the Board's Vice President, 1174. Robert Mazzella, who was a candidate in last year’s contest received 7 write-in votes, and Glen Head resident Larry Ruisi received 6. Mr. Mazzella had pulled a candidate's petition in March, but ultimately chose not to enter this year’s contest.
Following the tallying of the votes on Tuesday night, Trustees Labbate and Berliner spoke briefly with Northwordnews. "I am very happy that the community has come together and overwhelmingly supported the budget and Proposition 2," said Trustee Labbate. "I look forward to another three years of service."
"75% of the community voted in favor of the budget - a clear mandate for continued educational excellence," said Trustee Berliner.
The budget for the upcoming school year is 1.8% greater than the current year's budget, and the approved tax levy of $89,580,349 represents a 1.93% rise over this year, and is nearly $140,000 below the state imposed tax levy limit. On average, with all other things being equal, taxpayers can expect to see about a $18 per month increase in their school tax bill.
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