Voters in the William Floyd school district overwhelmingly approved a 2020-2021 budget of $245,606,611, which comes with a 1.5% tax levy increase.
The results, announced June 16, were 3,097 in favor and 2,252 against.
The tax levy increase, the district noted, is under the state’s cap of 3.49% and represents a budget-to-budget decrease of .30% over the 2019-20 budget.
“Governor Cuomo has already reduced the amount of state aid promised to the William Floyd School District from his original proposal by $5 million, which is devastating to our district,” the district said on its website. “William Floyd has little commercial wealth (businesses to help offset taxes) and is a district that relies heavily on state aid (approximately 50% state aid/approximately 50% tax levy).
This year’s budget cycle has additional uncertainty as the governor now has the authority to make rolling reductions throughout the school year based on state revenue. To deal with these devastating reductions, the district will use a mix of reserves and a well-below-the-maximum allowable tax levy; the district will also use savings through attrition (retirements, resignations, etc.) and many smaller reductions across the district, to save programs and jobs while being sensitive to residents and not decimating the programming opportunities for students.”
In the mail-in ballot, voters also re-elected trustee Robert Taiani to a new three-year term. He was unopposed and received 3.381 votes. Angelo Cassarino won an open seat, receiving 2,985 votes compared to Andrew Schildkraut, who received 1,574 votes.