School districts across Central New York held their annual budget votes Tuesday.
Despite rising costs and added expenses, all school districts in the region besides Cazenovia have been able to stay under the tax cap, which is great news for tax payers. Those who fall under the tax cap will not have their rebate checks impacted.
The Cazenovia School District passed their budget proposal along with their bus proposition.
The North Syracuse School District approved their 2018-19 budget with a 63.4 percent approval. There was added pressure to pass the budget this year, due to the $20 million penalty the state recently imposed.
Neighbors are looking at a tax levy increase of 2.94 percent, which is right at the tax cap. But district leaders said failure to pass the budget, would have been even more devastating than the State-imposed fine.
Their proposed 2018-2019 budget sits at just over $163 million, about $1 million of that budget being dedicated to new vehicle purchases.
The Fulton City Schools have passed their budget proposal for 2018-19. The school district had been deep in budget talks for months, as they faced a $2 million deficit this year.
The district wound up getting $950,000 in New York State Foundation Aid, but still had to reduce spending by more than $1 million. Rather than go over the tax cap, they've decided to cut two elementary and six secondary teaching positions. They hope to achieve that number through retirements and resignations.
The $72 million budget proposal still includes a 2.02 increase in the tax levy. That amounts to a $32 increase for every $100,000 your home is worth.
One thing being seen this year compared to years past is a lot of money being dedicated to security and safety training.
Most districts were open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for voters. You can see all of the results on our School District Voting Results page.