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School vote: Wanting a tax cap in Riverhead

A sign reminding voters that it's election day

A sign reminding voters that it's election day sits outside of Riverhead High School Tuesday. (May 17, 2011) Credit: James Carbone

At Riverhead High School, Steve Kmetz of Jamesport said he voted for “funding to renovate the schools and to make repairs. It had to be done.” But he voted against the proposed district budget.

“They have to make adjustments, everybody does,” said Kmetz, 69, who is retired. He predicted the budget would be defeated.

The proposed $109,594,658 budget is 1.26 percent higher than the current budget and calls for a 4.93 percent increase in the tax levy.

William Martin, 62, of South Jamesport said he examined the budget “to see if the school board tried to keep spending down, which they did.” He added that the state “has to stop mandating requirements and not funding them. [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo has to pass his tax cap.”

Martin and his wife, Barbara, are retired and have grandchildren in school.

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