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Long IslandSuffolk

Middle Country school district

VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Centereach High School in Centereach and at Newfield High School in Selden.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $235,809,197 budget for 2015-16, a 1.63 percent increase from the current $232,035,973. The local tax levy would rise 1.7 percent, from $131,367,097 to $133,599,992.

This increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 1.75 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would rise 1.7 percent, from $5,482.39 to $5,575.57. The proposed budget funds a 1 percent contractual salary increase for teachers and an approximate 2 percent to 3 percent step increase.

The spending plan includes the addition of one full-day prekindergarten classroom and an enrollment-driven reduction of three full-time employees.

District website:

mccsd.net

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Arlene Barresi, Karen J. Lessler and James Macomber are running unopposed. Terms are three years.

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