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Editorial: A good start on school budgets

Kings Park schools Superintendent Susan Agruso shares possible

Kings Park schools Superintendent Susan Agruso shares possible arts, music and athletic program cuts to help fill the district's $2.1 million budget gap to an audience of more than 200 people at a budget workshop held March 12, 2014 in the auditorium at Kings Park High School. Credit: Newsday / Lauren R. Harrison

The success of New York's cap on property tax is resoundingly clear in school budgets proposed for 2014-15. Most districts will stay below the 2 percent maximum hike.

On Long Island, most school districts have filed their budgets with the state Comptroller's Office with only six asking residents to "bust the cap." Doing so requires a 60 percent vote. Another eight districts have yet to reveal their budgets.

This is the first time in four decades school budget increases have been so low. It's a good start.

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