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Fix a wrinkle in tax cap law

Voters line up to cast a ballot in

Voters line up to cast a ballot in the advisory vote for the proposed annexation of the Tuckahoe School District, at the Southampton Intermediate School in Southampton, Nov. 18, 2014. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Residents in the Patchogue-Medford school district must go back to the polls Tuesday for Long Island's only school budget revote. That's wrong. Once, in this case, should have been enough.

The budget received 57 percent approval in May, but did not pass. State law required 60 percent -- because an added parent-driven proposal to expand busing for children going to private schools would have put the budget over the tax cap. But that proposal failed by more than a 5-to-1 ratio. The law must be tweaked, so budgets that stay within the tax cap can move forward with 50 percent of the vote if extra propositions putting it over the cap are defeated.

Residents in some villages and special districts also vote this week for trustees. Patchogue-Medford voters already have spoken. They shouldn't have to again.


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