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Six LI school districts seek to override property tax cap

State school officials confirmed Tuesday that percentages of

State school officials confirmed Tuesday that percentages of students passing new, more rigorous English and math tests could drop by nearly half at some grade levels, cutting success rates to as low as 35 percent statewide. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Only six Long Island school districts will ask their voters to pierce the state property tax cap in school budget votes next month, according to the state comptroller's office.

That is 5.5 percent of the 108 Island districts that filed their plans with the comptroller, just slightly more than the statewide percentage of 5 percent. There are 124 districts on the Island.

Across Long Island, fewer municipalities will attempt to override the 2 percent tax cap, which was enacted in 2011, than those across New York State.

For example, only two out of 13 towns on Long Island -- Islip and North Hempstead -- plan to ask voters to pierce the cap, according to the comptroller. And neither Nassau or Suffolk counties plan to seek overrides.

That compares with 29 percent of the towns and 32 percent of the counties around the state that expect to ask voters to raise taxes above the cap.

The downstate economy, though hurt by the last recession, remains healthier than the upstate region, which has yet to replace the manufacturers lost decades ago.

Faster job creation can lessen the pressure to raise more revenue from property taxes; stronger economies buoy sales tax collections, for example.

Last year, 84 percent of the new jobs created in New York were on Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and New York City, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report last week.

Just 17 out of 125 fire districts on Long Island -- 13.6 percent -- will ask for permission to override property tax caps, according to the comptroller.

That is just slightly below the statewide percentage of 15 percent.

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