7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bethpage High School.
The district proposes an $83,569,427 budget for 2017-18, a 1.73 percent increase from the current $82,151,583. The tax levy would decrease by 0.11 percent, from $61,993,934 to $61,927,055.
This decrease is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home were not available because of a lack of data from Nassau County, according to the district.
District officials said the amount of step and contract increases was not available because of contract negotiations. The budget includes funds to restore seventh-grade sports and adds three science teaching assistants for STEM elementary programs.
Voters also will be asked for their opinions on two nonbinding propositions, with the final decision on each proposal remaining with the board.
One asks if the board should adopt the volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker tax exemptions at the rate of 10 percent of assessed valuation for those who meet certain criteria, starting in the 2018-19 school year. If the exemptions are adopted, the proposition notes it is likely that nonfirefighters and nonvolunteer ambulance workers as well as noneligible firefighters and ambulance workers would pay increased taxes. The district estimates implementing it would add around $9 a year per residence.
The other proposition asks voters whether the board should adopt exemptions for veterans, also to start in the 2018-19 school year. Exemptions are applied for on a fee schedule based on whether the veteran served in a combat zone, is disabled, served during the Cold War, is a Gold Star parent, or served in the reserves that were deemed active duty. If the exemptions are adopted, the proposition notes it is likely that nonveterans and certain ineligible veterans will pay increased taxes. The number of possible options makes it harder to calculate the impact, but Superintendent Terrence Clark said the district estimates implementing it would add between $44 to $124 a year per residence.
- District website: bethpagecommunity.com
Incumbents Anna Israelton and Michael J. Kelly are running unopposed for two by-seat positions. Terms are three years.